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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.

Civics in America

All Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans have activities that promote civic action by getting students involved in their own community. Many lessons take public service, participation in the political process, commitment to social issues, civil discourse, and other activities as their focus. Here we have selected just a sampling of lessons demonstrating some of the different ways in which citizens have taken individual or collective action--from serving in elected office to engaging in philanthropic efforts, from volunteering in a citizens' militia to fighting for basic rights. TwHP lessons are based on sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Fiftieth Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act lesson, rather than focusing on a specific place, asks students to identify and research a variety of historic places in their communities. All of the lessons are free and ready for immediate classroom use by teachers and students in history and social studies classes.

To learn more about TwHP's other lessons, visit the Lesson Plan Descriptions page.