Resources for Online Teaching & Learning

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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

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.

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


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.

Founders Online

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.

eBooks

Access eBooks on the Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, baseball, the Chinese Exclusion Act, political cartoons, and more.

Google Arts & Culture

View online exhibits on a variety of topics and visit the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.


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Our free interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom.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

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:

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.

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