For educators who are now teaching remotely and homeschooling parents, we have several resources for online teaching and learning at the National Archives.
Lessons & Online Activities
DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Teachers can access primary source-based learning activities and assign them to students to complete online. Students can complete activities and research primary sources on a variety of topics spanning American history.
- Learn more at: www.docsteach.org/resources/getting-started
- Access primary source sets and teaching activities about select topics like WWI, women’s rights, and food in America on our Popular Topics page.
- Students can complete activities on computers or tablets, or in the DocsTeach app for iPad.
Resources for Learning at Home from the Civics Renewal Network
The Civics Renewal Network brings together resources from partner organizations such as the National Archives, iCivics, National Constitution Center, the Center for Civic Education, and more.
Educational Resources from the Center for Legislative Archives
Find resources for teaching about representative democracy, how Congress works, and the important role Congress has played throughout American history.
Curriculum Resources from the Presidential Libraries
- Herbert Hoover Library
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Library
- Harry S. Truman Library
- John F. Kennedy Library
- Jimmy Carter Library
- The Carter Center
- Ronald Reagan Library
- William J. Clinton Library
- George W. Bush Library
Sites for Student Exploration and Research
America’s Founding Documents on archives.gov
Learn about America’s founding documents from the National Archives, the home of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
Through Founders Online, you can read and search through thousands of documents to and from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison and see firsthand the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.
Access eBooks on the Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, baseball, the Chinese Exclusion Act, political cartoons, and more.
Google Arts & Culture
Teacher Professional Development
Our free interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom.
Webinars Available By Request – Connect your school or district with the National Archives for one of our by-request professional development webinars! Select An Introduction to DocsTeach or Teaching the Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
This post was updated on September 24, 2020. The following programs have already taken place:
Teacher Professional Development
- Teaching the Progressive Era with the Records of Congress, Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7 p.m. ET
- Teaching the Big Picture: Incorporating Photographs into Lesson Plans about Native Communities, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 7 p.m. ET
Online Learning Programs for Students
Presidential Primary Sources Project series
The Presidential Primary Sources Project is a free primary source-based web series about our nation’s presidents for students in grades 4-12 everywhere. This collaborative program is sponsored by the National Archives and Presidential Libraries, National Parks, the Internet2 Community Anchor Program, and other organizations.
The last two upcoming sessions are:
- Truman and the 1948 Election, Presented by the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, March 24, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET
- Ulysses S Grant and Reconstruction, Presented by the General Grant National Memorial, Thursday March 26, 2020 at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. ET
The Charters of Freedom: Building a More Perfect Union, Thursday, March 26th at 12:45 pm ET
Students in grades 3-4 are invited to learn about the history behind the nation’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They’ll also discover the purpose of each of these Charters of Freedom.
Free registration includes Introduction to Archeology at 12 PM EST from the Midwest Archeological Center of the National Park Service.
This program is part of the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration’s menu of free webinars for interactive learning at home. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, museums, science centers, art galleries, zoos, aquariums, musicians, authors, and more will provide home-bound students in grades K-6 with educational content that is fun, interactive, and professionally delivered. All programs are free-of-charge and in webinar format. Most of the programs will be recorded so that students can access them at any time after the live program.