Teaching Resources

Creating a New Government

Over the past fifteen years, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has worked closely with master educators across the country. Many of them have developed unique lesson plans and activities related to this historical era. These resources are included here along with pedagogical videos and other general teaching tools that can be adapted for a variety of time periods and themes in American history.

Analyzing the Great Compromise, 1787

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Articles of Confederation

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Study Aid: The Bill of Rights

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

The Constitution and Slavery

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The First Emancipation

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels:

The Survival of the US Constitution

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Washington’s Farewell Address

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Teaching Resources from Other Sub-Eras

Presidential Election Results, 1789–2008

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Study Aid: Checks and Balances

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

The First National Census

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Thomas Jefferson, Renaissance Man

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

What Does Liberty Look Like?

Curriculum Subjects: Government and Civics Grade Levels: