For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
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Teaching the Middle East

Discover the great currents of continuity and change throughout Middle Eastern history. Scholars from the University of Chicago include scholarly essays and lesson plans for your classroom.

Photograph of Ralph Waldo Emerson ca.1857

Teaching American Philosophy

Teaching American Philosophy is a one of a kind resource for high school teachers looking for ways to introduce students to the philosophical ideas and debates that are central to American history, literature, political science, and science.

What is Chronicling America?

EDSITEment Resources for National History Day 2016

The theme of National History Day, Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History for 2016 is broad enough in scope to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local to world history and across any geographic area or time period. Consider this theme an invitation to look across time, space, and geography to find examples in history of when people took a risk and made a change.

What is Chronicling America?

EDSITEment Resources for National History Day 2017

For National History Day students, the 2016/2017 academic year will be filled with research related to the theme Taking a Stand in History. This expansive theme allows participants to choose from a generous range of topics, whether from the ancient world or the history of their own city.

Students learning about Ute cultural artifact

National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage month. What better way to celebrate it than to sample the culture and explore the history of some groups within the 4.3 million people who identify themselves as Native American in the United States?

U.S. map showing location of photographs

Photogrammar

NEH-funded database of Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photographs developed at Yale University. Filter collection by date, photographer, geographical area, or content. Rich in depictions of agriculture, industry, daily life in the 1930s-40s, and the World War II home front. 

Deerfield on fire

Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

On February 29, 1704, a force of French and Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts. This interactive site recounts the events, individuals, and historical background to this incident. A superb overview of early colonial America.

The great presidential puzzle / J.A. Wales

Electing America’s Presidents

Every four years American citizens make one of their most serious choices as a people when they vote for president. EDSITEment has lessons about some of the most important and dramatic presidential elections in the early decades of the republic. These lessons not only give students opportunities to read significant primary sources authored by the candidates and others but also the path to a better understanding of the historical context of these races.

Ken Burns, outdoor head shot, wearing blue shirt

Ken Burns Asks: “Who Are We As Americans?”

On May 9, 2016, Ken Burns will deliver the 2016 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, speaking on the topic of “Race in America.”

  • Lesson 2. “Read All About It”: Primary Source Reading in “Chronicling America”

    Created March 28, 2016
    The Jungle Teddy Roosevelt image

    In Lesson Two, students read several investigative newspaper articles leading to the landmark legislation of the Roosevelt Administration. There is also an optional excerpt from Roosevelt’s “Man with the Muck-Rake” speech from which this style of investigative journalism gets its name.  These documents provide an opportunity for close reading of complex informational texts as well as understanding the historical and political context of reform.