Teaching Resources

Art, Music, and Film

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.

A Look at Slavery through Posters and Broadsides

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

America in Song

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5

American Slavery and Abolition through Hollywood

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Analyzing Protest Songs of the 1960s

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

Anti-corporate cartoons, ca. 1900

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Birth of a Nation

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Geography, Government and Civics, Literature Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Birth of a Nation, 1915

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Building Carnegie Hall, 1889

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Building Mount Rushmore, 1926

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels:

Civilian Conservation Corps poster, 1938

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Economics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Early Encounters between Native Americans and Europeans

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

Hollywood and the American Revolution

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

John Philip Sousa critiques modern music, 1930

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Landing of Henrick Hudson, 1609

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

Movies and Migration

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

My Country, ’Tis of Thee

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Our Victorious Fleets in Cuban Waters, 1898

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Secotan, an Algonquian village, ca. 1585

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

Singing for Freedom

Curriculum Subjects: Literature Grade Levels: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass

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

The Battle of Gettysburg through Many Eyes

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5

The Transcontinental Railroad: Interpreting Images

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

Using Works of Art in Teaching American History

Curriculum Subjects: Art, World History Grade Levels: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

What’s That Sound? Teaching the 1960s through Popular Music

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

World War II: Commemorating Pearl Harbor, 1941

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels:

World War II: Posters and Propaganda

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

“America the Beautiful,” 1893

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