Teaching Resources

The Age of Jefferson and Madison

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.

Jefferson and Slavery

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

The Louisiana Purchase

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

Thomas Jefferson, Renaissance Man

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

Teaching Resources from Other Sub-Eras

Analyzing the Great Compromise, 1787

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

Native American Policy

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

Presidential Election Results, 1789–2016

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

Study Aid: The Bill of Rights

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

The National Bank Debate

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