We The People

We The People

We the People is an NEH program designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles.  Delve into EDSITEment's contribution with these lesson plans, websites, and special features!

Note: The bulk of EDSITEment's Advanced Placement US History lesson plans and curriculum units are also listed here under the initiative. For a full AP US History index, listed in chronological order, go here.

We The People Lesson Plans

Curr. Unit Lesson Plan Class Period(s) Worksheets
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No 3 Yes
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Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 3-5 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 3 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 4-5 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 4 Yes
Yes 4 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 3 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 5 Yes
Yes 3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 3 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 4-5 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 1 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 2-3 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 1 No
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 4 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 3-4 Yes
Yes 2 Yes
Yes 1-2 Yes
Yes 3 Yes
Yes 1 No
No 3 Yes
No 3 No
No 3 Yes
No 2 Yes
No 3-4 Yes
No 3-4 Yes
No 2 Yes
No UNKNOWN No
No 3 Yes
No 4-6 Yes
No 3-4 Yes
No 4-5 Yes
No 2-3 No
No 2 Yes

We The People Websites

History & Social Studies
Abraham Lincoln at the Crossroads

Abraham Lincoln at the Crossroads

Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game for advanced middle- and high-school students. Learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.

Art & Culture
History & Social Studies
Literature & Language Arts
American Icons: A Radio Series from Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen

American Icons: A Radio Series from Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen

The NPR radio series focuses on fundamental works in American cultural history featuring one-hour podcasts that span our history: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the song "Dixie," Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Edith Wharton's novel The House of Mirth, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, I Love Lucy, Elvis, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

History & Social Studies

Cold War Files: Interpreting History through Documents

The Cold War International History Project disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources from the former Communist world. The Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources.

History & Social Studies

Constitution Day

Celebrating the day the United States Constitution was signed, on September 17, 1787, and sent to the individual states for debate and ratification.

History & Social Studies
Crisis at Fort Sumter

Crisis at Fort Sumter

An interactive historical simulation and decision-making program that reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861.

History & Social Studies

Demos: Classical Athenian Democracy

Dēmos is a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. The aim is to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves. The earliest work on Dēmos was supported by grants from Furman University and the NEH.

History & Social Studies
Digital History Reader

Digital History Reader

An online learning experience designed to help students develop the analytical skills employed by historians. It presents key events in U.S. and European history in the format of self-contained modules. Students learn by exploring data, evaluating conflicting accounts or interpretations, and developing conclusions based on the evidence.

History & Social Studies

Founders' Constitution

In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.

History & Social Studies

Freedom Riders

Join the courageous band of students and civil rights activists called Freedom Riders in 1961 as they challenged segregation in the American South. An NEH-funded website from American Experience with video clips of the participants, interactive time lines, and interactive maps. A series of lesson plans are included.

History & Social Studies

Great Chicago Stories

This website from the Chicago History Museum and the NEH is a suite of twelve powerful historical fiction narratives and supporting educational materials inspired by artifacts in the collection of the museum. This award-winning resource for elementary and high school students can support and enhance classroom instruction as well as make valuable connections for students both pre- and post-field trip to the museum. Great Chicago Stories explores key themes of place, identity, and contested space while making local, regional, and national connections.

History & Social Studies
Literature & Language Arts
Making the Wright Connection

Making the Wright Connection

Making The Wright Connection is an online community of, and clearinghouse for, scholars and teachers of the works of Richard Wright (19081960), the author of such major works as Uncle Tom’s Children, Native Son, and Black Boy. Website includes podcasts of lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars of Wright.

History & Social Studies
Mission US 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey

Mission US 3: A Cheyenne Odyssey

“A Cheyenne Odyssey" is the third entry in the Mission US multimedia project series that immerses players in U.S. History through free interactive educational games. Mission 3 focuses on the transformation of Northern Cheyenne life on the Great Plains from 1866 to 1876. Students assume the role of Little Fox, a twelve-year-old Northern Cheyenne boy to experience how everyday life in his tribe is impacted as they adapt to the United States’ expansion into the West.

History & Social Studies
Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism

Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism

This NEH-funded online archive of educational resources on the history of natural law, natural rights, and American Constitutionalism was designed and written by scholars associated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

 

History & Social Studies

On Being (formerly Speaking of Faith)

With NEH funding, the long running NPR program On Being (formerly called Speaking of Faith) has produced a series of biographical programs of influential 20th-century historic figures: Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, Takanka Iyotaka (Sitting Bull), Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Reinhold Niebuhr. These portraits focus on their lives and thought, their spiritual development, the effect of their work on others, and their impact in contemporary society — bringing special attention to their religious context and milieu.

Art & Culture
History & Social Studies

Picturing U.S. History

Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is an NEH funded digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The Picturing U.S. History site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.

History & Social Studies

Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans

Website for the award-winning NEH-supported documentary film, Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans. With the goal of deepening public understanding about the impact and legacy of American cultural and religious history in the antebellum era, and its influences on our pluralistic society today, the website features rich content expanding on three theme areas: identity, Muslims in early America, and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Lessons included.

History & Social Studies
Remembering Jim Crow

Remembering Jim Crow

In this American Radio Works radio documentary podcast and website, funded by NEH, Americans—black and white—remember life in Jim Crow times.

History & Social Studies
Stalin Project

Stalin Project

Note: the orginal website is now defunct. The version linked here accessible via the Way Back Machine is incomplete but still gives valuable information from the original site.

The Stalin Project is a multi-media, interactive resource about Stalin and the Soviet people. This site includes text written by the top scholars in the field, a database of over 500 images, primary source documents, videos, lesson plans, and other interactive material.

History & Social Studies

Thurgood Marshall Before the Court

In this American Radio Works podcast and website, partially funded by NEH,  Stephen Smith presents the story of Thurgood Marshall's remarkable career. In 1967, Marshall became the first African American named to the United States Supreme Court; but his most significant legal victory came when Marshall was on the other side of the bench, arguing the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Before he joined the Supreme Court, he was the nation's leading civil rights lawyer.

History & Social Studies
Young American Heroes: True Stories of Young People in U.S. History

Young American Heroes: True Stories of Young People in U.S. History

Young American Heroes tells stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things in American history. Visitors can add to the stories already told here. Educators (teachers, parents, home-school learning coaches) can allow their students to use all of the video, graphic novel, and other tools available on the site for creating new story materials. The stories of these young American heroes are told on this website as well as through television programs shown on some PBS stations. This site includes graphic novel versions of the stories, selected videos, graphic novels, and other story materials that other users have created.

We The People Student Resources

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/america-sidelines-united-states-and-world-affairs-1931-1941">America on the Sidelines: The United States and World Affairs, 1931–1941</a>

America on the Sidelines: The United States and World Affairs, 1931–1941

This student interactive timeline, from the curriculum unit, “The United States and Europe: From Neutrality to War, 1921–1941,” is designed to illustrate the U.S. response to crises in Europe and East Asia during the years 1931–1941.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/american-war-independence-interactive-map">American War for Independence: Interactive Map</a>

American War for Independence: Interactive Map

Interactive map of the campaigns of the American Revolution in the northern colonies. Accompanies curriculum unit: The American War for Independence

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/early-threat-secession-missouri-compromise-1820-1821">An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise, 1820–1821</a>

An Early Threat of Secession: The Missouri Compromise, 1820–1821

Interactive map illustrating the geography, demography, and political division of the United States as a result of the Missouri Compromise over the issue of Slavery in 1820–21

History & Social Studies

Anticommunism in Postwar America: Interactive Timeline of the early Cold War years

A timeline of the events of the early Cold War years. Can be used in conjunction with the EDSITEment We The People curriculum unit: Anticommunism in Postwar America, 1945-1954: Witch Hunt or Red Menace?

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/battles-civil-war-campaigns-map">Battles of the Civil War: campaigns map</a>

Battles of the Civil War: campaigns map

A comprehensive animated map showing the locations and travel routes of the major Civil War military campaigns.

History & Social Studies

Celebrating Constitution Day

The introductory movie to EDSITEment's Constitution Day index.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/cold-war-europe">Cold War Europe</a>

Cold War Europe

This interactive map shows the sequence of events in Europe during the early years of the Cold War, as well as their geographic locations. By clicking on the numbered locations pop-ups will appear with more information.Accompanies the curriculum unit: The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/cuban-missile-crisis-interactive">Cuban Missile Crisis Interactive</a>

Cuban Missile Crisis Interactive

This interactive puts the student in the role of President Kennedy, having to decide among several options for responding to the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba. By clicking on the names of individual advisers, students can read the views of men such as Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. After studying the strengths and weaknesses of each option, the student will be asked to choose an option, which will then bring up a new window that evaluates the response.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/how-win-world-war-east-asia-and-pacific-world-war-ii">How to Win a World War: East Asia and the Pacific in World War II</a>

How to Win a World War: East Asia and the Pacific in World War II

Map of the World War II Pacific Theater. Use in conjunction with the curriculum unit: American Diplomacy in World War II

History & Social Studies

Launchpad: JFK, LBJ and Civil Rights

This lesson provides students with an opportunity to study and analyze the innovative legislative efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson in the social and economic context of the 1960s.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/lincoln-american-union-word-fitly-spoken">Lincoln on the American Union: A Word Fitly Spoken</a>

Lincoln on the American Union: A Word Fitly Spoken

An interactive timeline of Lincoln's most famous speeches. Accompanies the curriculum unit: Abraham Lincoln on the American Union: "A Word Fitly Spoken"

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/eve-war-civil-war-commanders">On the Eve of War: Civil War Commanders</a>

On the Eve of War: Civil War Commanders

An interactive that introduces the principal generals on both sides of the American Civil War. Accompanies Lesson Plan 1 of the EDSITEment curriculum unit: The American Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword."

Art & Culture
History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/picturing-freedom-selma-montgomery-march-1965">Picturing Freedom: Selma-to-Montgomery March, 1965</a>

Picturing Freedom: Selma-to-Montgomery March, 1965

Why did thousands march over 50 miles through cold, Alabama rain in 1965? With this interactive, students learn about the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march, one of the seminal events of the Civil Rights movement.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/american-civil-war-eve-war">The American Civil War: on the eve of the war</a>

The American Civil War: on the eve of the war

A student interactive that uses a series of animated maps to summarize all the factors and statistics on the United States on the eve of the American Civil War. Accompanies the EDSITEment curriculum unit: The American Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword."

History & Social Studies

The Battle Over Reconstruction: Impeachment Timeline

A timeline of the events that lead to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1867.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/battle-over-reconstruction-southern-recovery">The Battle Over Reconstruction: Southern Recovery</a>

The Battle Over Reconstruction: Southern Recovery

Beyond the obvious material destruction, there was more to reconstruct in the South than buildings, farms, manufacturing and railroads—there were social and political relationships to rebuild. Yet, it is impossible to understand Reconstruction fully without a grasp of the social and economic upheaval the war brought with it. For the people living through the times, this upheaval created a situation that demanded immediate attention.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/kansas-nebraska-act-interactive-map">The Kansas–Nebraska Act: Interactive Map</a>

The Kansas–Nebraska Act: Interactive Map

An interactive political and demographic map of the U.S. in 1854 that allows users to se the economic, demographic, and political makeup of regions and states at the time. The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854: Popular sovereignty allowed the settlers of a federal territory to decide the slavery question without interference from Congress.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/spanish-american-war-webquest">The Spanish–American War: WebQuest</a>

The Spanish–American War: WebQuest

On April 11, 1898, two months after the battleship U.S.S. Maine was destroyed by an explosion in Havana harbor, President McKinley sent a message to Congress requesting authority to use the U.S. armed forces to end a brutal civil war in the Spanish colony of Cuba.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/turning-tide-europe-1942-1944-map-southern-europe">Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942–1944: Map of Southern Europe</a>

Turning the Tide in Europe, 1942–1944: Map of Southern Europe

Although it was the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, U.S. military planners decided that Germany, not Japan, was to be the primary target of operations for the early part of World War II.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/us-neutrality-europeasia">U.S. Neutrality: Europe/Asia</a>

U.S. Neutrality: Europe/Asia

This interactive timeline highlights the major events in Europe and Asia from 1931 to 1941. Can be used in conjunction with the curriculum unit: From Neutrality to War: The United States and Europe, 1921-1941.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/victory-europe-normandy-invasion-and-campaign">Victory in Europe: Normandy Invasion and Campaign</a>

Victory in Europe: Normandy Invasion and Campaign

Although the campaign in the Mediterranean was successful in forcing Italy out of the war, Allied military planners by late 1943 had concluded that it would not be enough to defeat Nazi Germany. As a result, priorities were shifted to an invasion of France across the English Channel.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/woodrow-wilson-and-latin-america-map-caribbean">Woodrow Wilson and Latin America: Map of Caribbean</a>

Woodrow Wilson and Latin America: Map of Caribbean

At the time of Woodrow Wilson's inauguration, the United States had extensive economic and strategic interests throughout Latin America. Accompanies the EDSITEment curriculum unit: Woodrow Wilson and Foreign Policy.

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/world-war-ii-diplomacy-europe-through-course-war">World War II Diplomacy: Europe Through the Course of the War</a>

World War II Diplomacy: Europe Through the Course of the War

An interactive map showing the shifting territorial gains, losses, and shifting alliances from June 1941 to February 1945. For use in conjunction with the curriculum unit: American Diplomacy in World War II

History & Social Studies
<a href="/student-resource/world-war-ii-diplomacy-military-lines-control-europe">World War II Diplomacy: Military Lines of Control, Europe</a>

World War II Diplomacy: Military Lines of Control, Europe

Military Lines of Control, Europe: June, 1941 to February 1945. Can be used in conjunction with the curriculum unit: American Diplomacy in World War II