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Teaching with Historic Places

Heritage Education Services Program

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.


Selecting a Historic Place

1. What historic place would you like to use?

2. What is the story and why is it important? Why is the place an important source of evidence for learning that?

3. How does the place fit into curriculum topics, such as history, geography, social studies, or other subjects?

4. How can the place help students develop learning skills, such as observation, synthesis, and analysis?

5. What questions does the place bring to mind? Where might you find the answers?

6. How could you use the place in the classroom, especially if you could not visit it? What other sources of evidence would be useful?

7. What questions would you most like to ask someone knowledgeable about the site and its history? Where would you find such a person?