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Resources for Teachers

Directories of authors and artists who do school visits:
Author School Visits by State: Children’s book author Kim Norman has created a state-by-state listing of authors who do school visits.
History websites and online lesson plans:
Connecticut Historical Resource Guide: Links to many Connecticut history sites, including a list of Connecticut history for kids sites.
Connecticut History Online: Primary sources, lesson plans, classroom activities, games and puzzles, including “125 Years of Childhood: Comparing and Contrasting the Lives of Children in Connecticut.” Absolutely wonderful images–great for initiating discussion.
Digital Blackboard: A collection of Web-based American history assignments.
The Library of Congress: The ultimate American history site! The Library of Congress has lesson plans, online collections of photographs and documents, and much, much more.
National Archives: Lesson plans in American history using primary documents from the National Archives collections.
National Humanites Center Toolbox Library: A collection of lesson plans incorporating primary resources in US History and Literature.
Old Sturbridge Village: Lesson plans on a variety of topics pertaining to early-19th-century American history, from education to the abolition movement to Native Americans, tailored to elementary, middle, or high-school students from one of the country’s premier living history museums. Co-ordinate your lesson plan with a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village!
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association: This tiny museum in Deerfield, Massachusetts hosts an amazing collection of interactive websites on American history, most of which include teachers’ guides and lesson plans. Particularly rich in Native American materials and Colonial history.
Teach US History.org: Lesson plans, primary sources, and more on US History from the American Revolution to the Westward Expanson. Lots of information about both major events and everyday living, with primary documents and period images.
Teaching with Historic Places: The National Park Service has created a fabulous state-by-state collection of lesson plans using historic sites to teach history. Have a historic site in your hometown you’d like to use for a class project? This site also has step-by-step guides for developing lesson plans around historic places. A great way to help organize field trips!

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