Teaching Resources

Exploration

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

Letter from Christopher Columbus

Curriculum Subjects: Geography, World History Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Major European Explorers

Curriculum Subjects: Foreign Languages, Geography, World History Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

The Conquest of Mexico: Past and Present Views

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+