Teaching Resources

Immigration and Migration

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 plea to defend the Alamo, 1836

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

A View of Savannah, Georgia, 1734

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

Agriculture in America

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

Andrew Jackson to the Cherokee Tribe, 1835

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

Civilian Conservation Corps poster, 1938

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

Cultures of the Americas, 1200 BC–AD 1600

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

Examining the Middle Passage

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

Framing Soo Hoo Lem Kong

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Go West ... and grow up with the country

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

Guided Readings: Indian Removal

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

Horace Greeley: “Go West,” 1871

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

Immigrant America

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

Immigration cartoon, 1916

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography Grade Levels:

Immigration Policy in World War II

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

Indenture agreement, 1742

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

Indian Policy

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

Indian Wars: The Battle of Washita, 1868

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

Japanese internment, 1942

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

John Winthrop describes life in Boston, 1634

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

Landing of Columbus, 1492

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

Landing of Henrick Hudson, 1609

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

Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan

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

Major European Explorers

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

Manifest Destiny

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

Mexican Americans and the Great Depression

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

Movies and Migration

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

New Amsterdam: The Center of the Dutch Settlement

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

Norwegian Immigration in the Nineteenth Century

Curriculum Subjects: Geography, Literature Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

On the emigrant trail, 1862

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels:

Photograph of a “Hooverville,” 1936

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

Proclamation of 1763

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

Runaway slave ad, 1852

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

Runaway slave ad, 1860

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

Rural America: The Westward Movement

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 7, 8

San Francisco’s Chinatown, 1880

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

Sharecropper contract, 1867

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

Spain authorizes Coronado’s conquest in the Southwest, 1540

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

Statue of Liberty, 1884

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

Survival in the American Wilderness: Fiction v. Nonfiction

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 7, 8

Teaching the Revolution

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The Conquest of Mexico: Past and Present Views

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

The death of slaves on a voyage, 1725

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

The First National Census

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

The Haymarket Affair, 1886

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Human Meaning of Migration

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 13+

The Jungle

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

The Trail of Tears

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8

Why Do People Migrate?

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels: 13+

William T. Sherman on the western railroads, 1878

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

“Food Will Win the War,” 1917

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels:

“The whole land is full of blood,” 1851

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: