History in the Classroom

Lesson Plans

In the culminating project of the History in the Classroom - Summer Institute, participating teachers created lesson plans for all levels of students from the historical resources and themes covered in the workshops.  


The lesson plans included below are initial drafts and will be revised during the academic year.  We are also planning to add student responses to these lessons in order to assess the most effective methods and materials.  Through this process, we hope to create effectual, participatory, student-centered lessons, while acknowledging any potential difficulties in teaching the material, and learning collectively from sources. 


Lesson plans will include: photographs, sample documents, central questions, and a depth of content about particular historical sociological and legal aspects of American immigrant experiences.  The Institute seeks to connect participating teachers and other educators with links to extensive resources around the city and the web.

Lesson Plans from participating teachers

All lesson plans are in PDF format.


Other sources for lesson plans

  • Dr. Robert Cohen's lesson plans from the New Deal Network, which features a database of photographs and other documents useful to teachers of U.S. history: Dear Mrs. Roosevelt.