The curated resources linked below are an initial sample of the resources coming from a collaborative and rigorous review process with the EAD Content Curation Task Force.
Ths primary source set focuses on material culture produced about and by American Indians. The information and materials in the set can be used as a jumping off point for teachers looking to access resources provided by the Library of Congress related to the topic.
Emerging America - Collaborative for Educational Services
This lesson explores the role of the judiciary in relation to the legislative and executive branches to help students know how judicial independence has evolved since the founding.
In 1898, the U.S. officially annexed Hawaii—but did Hawaiians support this? In this lesson, students read two newspaper articles, both hosted on the website Chronicling America, which make very different arguments about Hawaiians' support for—or opposition to—annexation. Students focus on sourcing as they investigate the motivations and perspectives of both papers and why they make very different claims.
Stanford History Education Group
Students explore the connection between art and activism by analyzing a painting about the Gold Rush from the Autry Museum. Students are also invited to participate in activism by creating their own painting.
Autry Museum of the American West
Maps, truth, and belief have a complicated relationship with one another. Every map is a representation of reality, and every representation, no matter how accurate and honest, involves simplification, symbolization, and selective attention.
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center
This deliberation guide focuses on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, encouraging students to examine the choices the Californio Indigenous people faced in June 1849 as they determined how they would approach, or avoid, a future as American citizens.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
In this lesson, students will select 25 environmental laws in American history from a larger list to produce their own timeline of American environmental law history to present to the rest of the class.
American Bar Association
GeoCivics aims to empower all people to be active participants in the redistricting process. We provide a suite of state-based educational resources that prepares everyday people to discuss apportionment, redistricting, gerrymandering through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
GeoCivics Project at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs
In this lesson, students will analyze the visual and literary visions of the New World that were created in England during the early phases of colonization, and the impact they had on the development of the patterns of colonization that dominated the early 17th century. This lesson will enable students to interact with written and visual accounts of this critical formative period at the end of the 16th century, when the English view of the New World was being formulated, with consequences that we are still seeing today.
National Endowment for the Humanities
What was the World War II experience like for the thousands of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast? The activities in this lesson are designed to provide a window into the war years. Using primary sources, students will explore a period in United States history when 120,000 Japanese Americans were evacuated from the West Coast and held in internment camps.
The Library of Congress
This inquiry-based learning resource includes visualizations and data resources for students to track their own district’s legislative history and to explore regional and national patterns including roll call votes in order to see the transformation of party systems and their ideologies, to track the careers of individual legislators, and to observe the expansion of Congress.
New American History
In this learning resource, students use geospatial technology to understand how Native land changed hands from the start of European colonization to the contemporary moment. Students will understand the impact settler colonialism has on Indigenous people and their homes and the changes of population that resulted from westward expansion.