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Buildings - Teaching with Historic Places logo Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

One of Teaching with Historic Places' primary offerings is a series of classroom-ready lesson plans. Created by National Park Service interpreters, preservation professionals, and educators, these lessons use historic sites to explore American history. Link to Teaching With Historic Places main website.

Lesson Plans for National Capital Region Parks:

The Building of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Lesson #10) Assess the importance of America's early canal system and its economic and social effects. (National Park)

Camp Misty Mount: A Place for Regrowth (Lesson #47) Inspect a recreational demonstration area (RDA) in western Maryland, created as part of a Great Depression government relief program. (National Park)

Clara Barton's House: Home of the American Red Cross (Lesson #27) Follow Barton's remarkable career as a leader of charitable causes, from caring for the wounded on Civil War battlefields to founding the American Red Cross. (National Park/National Historic Landmark)

Glen Echo Park: Center for Education and Recreation (Lesson #24) Trace the evolution of this Maryland site from a chapter of the Chautauqua movement, to an amusement park, to a national park. (National Park)

First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence (Lesson #12) Study personal accounts of soldiers who fought in the first battle of the Civil War, and discover how the day set the tone for the many bloody battles to come. (National Park)

The Washington Monument: Tribute in Stone (Lesson #62) Understand why George Washington was so revered during his lifetime and beyond, and learn why it took 100 years to complete this famous monument in his honor. (National Park)