Teaching Resources

Literature and Language Arts

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.

Birth of a Nation

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

Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

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

Letter from Christopher Columbus

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

My Brother Sam Is Dead

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics, Literature Grade Levels: 7

New Amsterdam: The Center of the Dutch Settlement

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

Nineteenth-Century Native American Viewpoints

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

Norwegian Immigration in the Nineteenth Century

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

Singing for Freedom

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

The Great War

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

The Jungle

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

Washington’s Farewell Address

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

“America the Beautiful,” 1893

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: