Road Trip! Teaching with Historic Places

Here is a great suggestion for your history/geography/social studies department. It is called Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) and has awesome lesson plans for teachers with full details about exciting locations across the United States. All topics covered in TwHP come from properties listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The Teaching with Historic Places program was launched in 1991, the result of an effort between the National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Over 130 classroom-ready lessons are immediately available and include a section on the purpose of the instruction, an inquiry question, historical context, maps of the various sites, readings, many images of the site, and activities that put everything together. A healthy list of supplementary resources are also included.  Step by step instructions for how to use a Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) lesson are provided: from getting started, to locating the site, to determining the facts, to visual evidence.  Plans are all linked to National Standards for History and Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. Lessons cover mainly middle school, but are also related to early grades and high school levels.  Pictures are outstanding, and activities are engaging and relevant.  Every lesson plan includes links to the site/event under discussion, if one exists.

Details about how you can create your own lessons following the TwHP format for possible inclusion in the database are included, which makes this a tool that can be customized and expanded as needed. The site contains professional development opportunities for learning about teaching through historic places and includes workshops with agendas, publications and videos, instructions on how to locate information on particular topics, PPT presentations, and an online travel itinerary for developing a unit.

This is indeed an awesome tool, and I urge you to go check it out and SHARE these exciting lessons!

Teaching with Historic Places home page

Phyllis R. Snipes,
University of West Georgia


Posted on March 27, 2010, in Activities, Best practice, Standards and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That’s cool, Dr. S! I’ll pass this along at my school.

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