Teaching Resources

American Indian History

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.

Andrew Jackson to the Cherokee Tribe, 1835

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

Building Mount Rushmore, 1926

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels:

Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

Curriculum Subjects: Literature Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8

Cultures of the Americas, 1200 BC–AD 1600

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

Early Encounters between Native Americans and Europeans

Curriculum Subjects: Art Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Events at Sand Creek, 1864

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Go West ... and grow up with the country

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Guided Readings: Indian Removal

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

Indian Policy

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

Indian Wars: The Battle of Washita, 1868

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

John Winthrop describes life in Boston, 1634

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels:

Landing of Columbus, 1492

Curriculum Subjects: Geography, World History Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Landing of Henrick Hudson, 1609

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Letter from Christopher Columbus

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

Native American Housing

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Native American Policy

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

New Amsterdam: The Center of the Dutch Settlement

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Nineteenth-Century Native American Viewpoints

Curriculum Subjects: Geography Grade Levels: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Perspectives on the Trail of Tears

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

Proclamation of 1763

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

Secotan, an Algonquian village, ca. 1585

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

Study Aid: Great Society Legislation

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

The Conquest of Mexico: Past and Present Views

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The First Thanksgiving Celebration

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: K, 1, 2, 3, 4

The French and Indian War

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

The Trail of Tears

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

William T. Sherman on the western railroads, 1878

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