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Units and Lesson Plans In American HistoryDeveloped by master teachers. Aligned to core History, Civics, and English Language Arts standards.

The following Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) units and lessons target the skills and strategies...

Stone facsimile of the Declaration, created 1823. (GLC00154.02)
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The Declaration of Independence

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Proposed 12 amendments printed in the Journal of the First Session of the Senate
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Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 4–6)

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Proposed 12 amendments printed in the Journal of the First Session of the Senate
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Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 7–9)

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Sounds of Change: The Influence of Jazz on the Beat Generation

Time Needed

Two class sessions

Common Core Standards

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how...
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Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights (Grades 10–12)

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“City upon a Hill”

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The Haymarket Riot

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This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance....

Columbus’s letter printed in Latin in Rome, April 1493. (GLC01427)
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Letter from Christopher Columbus

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

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This unit is part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Teaching Literacy through History resources, designed to align to the Common Core State Standards. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and...

Inaugural Address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933 (GLC00675)
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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address

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The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine

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This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance....

Washington’s Farewell Address, Hartford, CT, [1800]. (GLC02557)
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Washington’s Farewell Address

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Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (GLC07743.01)
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The Gettysburg Address

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How We Elect a President: The Electoral College (Grades 4–6)

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This lesson on the Electoral College is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These resources were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original...

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How We Elect a President: The Electoral College (Grades 7–9)

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This lesson on the Electoral College is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These resources were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original...

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How We Elect a President: The Electoral College (Grades 10–12)

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This lesson on the Electoral College is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These resources were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original...

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The National Bank Debate

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This lesson is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These resources were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance....

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