The American Revolution, Early National Period, and U.S. Government
The American Revolution
Archeology at Independence National Historical Park
Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
Aboard the Underground Railroad
Lesson Plans and Primary Sources
Independence National Historical Park Lesson Plans
Bring the park stories into your classroom with these lesson plans about Benjamin Franklin, the Liberty Bell, archeology, and more.
National Park Service - For Teachers
Search lesson plans, distance learning, field trip information, and professional development opportunities from parks across America.
Looking for the Declaration of Independence? This portion of the park's website has links to source documents on the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress offers primary source materials, lesson plans, and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections.
Take a glimpse into the vast collections of the National Park Service and introduce some material culture into your classroom.
Research Learning Centers
This is where science and education come together!
Independence Hall in American Memory
Dr. Charlene Mires' book, Independence Hall in American Memory, tells the story of a building, a city, and the nation from the 1720's to the 1990's. This companion website includes teacher and student resources.
Teaching with Historic Places
Use properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.
National Register Travel Itineraries
The Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series makes it easy to explore America's extraordinary historic places. Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places listed in the National Register.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
This nonprofit organization is devoted to the improvement of history education. The website features more than 60,000 historical documents, lesson plans, and resources for teachers.
The US History Site
Find lesson plans, primary source documents, games, timeline, quotes, and other resources for teachers and students.
American Philosophical Society
A scholarly organization of international reputation, the American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Founded by Benjamin Franklin, early members included George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Alexander Hamilton and many others. Resources include scholarly research, professional meetings, support of young scholars, publications, library resources, a museum and community outreach.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
This website offers primary sources, lesson plans, and a wide range of teacher resources.
Last updated: August 30, 2023