Teaching Resources

Development of the West

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.

Alamo Simulation

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Indian Policy

Curriculum Subjects: Geography, Government and Civics, Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Nineteenth-Century Native American Viewpoints

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Rural America: The Westward Movement

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 7, 8

Survival in the American Wilderness: Fiction v. Nonfiction

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 7, 8

The Transcontinental Railroad: Interpreting Images

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 10, 11, 12

Women of the West

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12