A frontier in music: United States Patent 5,255,452 - the shoes used to perform the anti-gravity illusion move seen in Michael Jackson's 1988 "Smooth Criminal" video. Congratulations to all the students who participated in and were recognized at the National History Day 2022 contests! Your work is always inspirational, and we are happy to know … Continue reading Resources for National History Day 2023: Frontiers in History
Category: Teaching Activities & Lesson Plans
Summer Professional Development Opportunities
Join the National Archives this summer for online and onsite professional development opportunities! "The Booker T. Washington Agricultural School on Wheels," Madison County Alabama, 1923. Available at https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/madison-county-school-on-wheels Online Opportunities - at a Glance July 12–14: Truman Library Teachers ConferenceJuly 19, 21, 26, & 28: We Rule: Civics for All of US Teacher Professional Development WorkshopsAugust … Continue reading Summer Professional Development Opportunities
Understanding Perspective in Primary Sources
This is an example of a primary source that you can pair with the Understanding Perspective worksheet. It shows an art class at the Phoenix Indian School in Arizona in 1900. The photograph comes from the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and was taken by a government photographer. Available at https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/art-class-phoenix-indian-school-arizona Help your … Continue reading Understanding Perspective in Primary Sources
Milestone Documents in American History
A new resource from the National Archives – Milestone Documents – provides access to primary sources that highlight pivotal moments in the course of American history and government.
When Hoover met Hitler, a Lesson in Media Literacy
Students can study press coverage of a 1938 meeting between former President Hoover and Adolf Hitler to learn about media literacy, conflicting primary sources, and Constitutional rights. Join us February 1st for a free, interactive program for students in grades 4-12!
Commemorate Bill of Rights Day with Student Programs and Classroom Resources
Register your students to be the first to experience new programs on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution!
The 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in November 2021, we have several new teaching resources, and will present a live program for young learners.
We Rule: Civics for All of US, a new civic education initiative from the National Archives – just in time for Constitution Day!
New "We Rule: Civics for All of US" interactive distance learning programs for Constitution Day help elementary students explore the big ideas of the Constitution and connect the document to their own lives.
New Teaching Activities for Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later
Three new teaching activities focus on service, sacrifice, and September 11th.
Decisions of the Board of Special Inquiry: The Story of Irish Immigrant Bridget Donaghy
In this guest post, former intern Griffin Godoy shares how he researched federal records to trace the immigration and naturalization story of an Irish Teenager.