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Teaching with Historic Places

Heritage Education Services

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.

Lesson Plan Format


About This Lesson:

Getting Started:

Setting the Stage:

Locating the Site:

Determining the Facts:

Visual Evidence:

Putting It All Together:

Supplementary Resources:

Lesson's theme and "sense of place"

Learning objectives; standards; other information

Intriguing image and question to engage students

Historical background

Geographical context

Readings and documents to analyze

Graphic materials to analyze

Student Activities

Web links