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Teaching with Historic Places

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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.



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Gateway to the Klondike, courtesy the J.B. Moore Collection [Acc. #76-35-53N], University of Alaska, Fairbanks Archives, photo by H.C. Barley.

FEATURED! Pioneer America
Planning a lesson on Manifest Destiny, American pioneers, or Westward Expansion in 2015? Our Pioneer America page features a list of lesson plans that use real historic places -- like Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home, Las Vegas' Old Mormon Fort, a gold mining town, and a single female homesteader's Colorado farm -- to enrich classroom learning and to challenge students to think critically. Check them out!

 

[Graphic] Links to The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: Shaking the Conscience of the Nation lesson plan -- Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Carol M Highsmith Collection.

Featured Lesson! The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: Shaking the Conscience of the Nation
Bring the Selma march to your classroom with the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March lesson plan. With it, students learn how the State of Alabama prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote and how leaders in Selma worked together to stop them. This featured lesson features the historic Brown Chapel in Selma, where the march began, and the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, where the march reached its triumphant conclusion.

State Standards

Meet 21st Century State Standards with TwHP
Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans, based on the inquiry method, provide teachers with materials and question sets that encourage analytical thinking. This makes them a great choice for classrooms where students need to meet Common Core state standards and social studies standards based on the College, Career & Civic Life Framework.

Teaching Teachers the Power of Place

Teaching Teachers Power of Place
Professional development materials include articles, media presentations, how-to guides, classroom case studies and other helpful resources.

 

 

Service Learning

Service Learning
To promote the benefits of combining classroom instruction, experiential learning, and civic engagement, TwHP suggests activities, highlights case studies, and provides other resources on the topic of service learning.

Youth Summits

Youth Summits
Youth Summits benefit middle school and high school aged students, educators, and community leaders by providing opportunities to participate in activities, discussions, and projects related to history, historic preservation, and heritage tourism in their communities.

 

 


Children's Corner
Visit the Children's Corner for background information on the National Park Service, lots of fun activities, and information on getting involved in your national parks.

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Preserve America
Find TwHP lessons featuring historic sites in Preserve America Communities.

Curriculum Standards
Meet the National U.S. History Standards for Grades 5-12 and the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies using Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans.

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