Teaching Resources

Military History

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 proclamation on the suspension of habeas corpus, 1862

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A soldier’s reasons for enlisting, 1942

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

Alamo Simulation

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

Cadet Nurse Corps, 1943

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Children on the Home Front

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 2, 3, 4, 5

Christmas in Kuwait, 1990

Curriculum Subjects: Geography, World History Grade Levels:

Civilian describes pillaging near Gettysburg, 1863

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Creating the Air Force, 1924

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Death of a soldier, 1863: Paul Semmes

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

Discovering a mass grave in Iraq, 2003

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Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

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

Events at Sand Creek, 1864

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

Fourteen Points

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

General Sherman on the “March to the Sea,” 1865

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Henry Knox on the British invasion of New York, 1776

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Immigration Policy in World War II

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

Indian Policy

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

Japan declares war, 1941

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

Jefferson on British aggression, 1815

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

Lincoln and Civil Liberties

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

My Brother Sam Is Dead

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

Paul Revere’s engraving of the Boston Massacre, 1770

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

Proclamation of 1763

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

Secession and the Civil War

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

The Battles of Lexington and Concord, 1775

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The British evacuation of Boston, 1776

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

The Conquest of Mexico: Past and Present Views

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

The French and Indian War

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

The Gettysburg Address

Curriculum Subjects: Literature, Religion and Philosophy Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Global Effect of World War I

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

The Spanish Armada, 1588

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels:

The surrender of New Netherland, 1664

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

The surrender of Robert E. Lee, 1865

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Union soldier turns medic at Gettysburg, 1863

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Victory Order of the Day, 1945

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Who Was John Brown?

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

William T. Sherman on the western railroads, 1878

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

World War II: Commemorating Pearl Harbor, 1941

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World War II: Posters and Propaganda

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“Almost brothers” divided by the Civil War, 1861

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

“Food Will Win the War,” 1917

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, World History Grade Levels:

“Men of Color, To Arms! To Arms,” 1863

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“Men of Color: To Arms! To Arms!”

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