Teaching Resources

Global History and US Foreign Policy

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.

A Lesson on Détente

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

Aaron Burr, fugitive and traitor, 1804

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Barack Obama’s First Inaugural Address, 2009

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Christmas in Kuwait, 1990

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Creating the Air Force, 1924

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Discovering a mass grave in Iraq, 2003

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Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address

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

Examining the Middle Passage

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

Fourteen Points

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12

Immigration cartoon, 1916

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography Grade Levels:

Immigration Policy in World War II

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

Japan declares war, 1941

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

Japanese Internment Camps of WWII

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

Jefferson on British aggression, 1815

Curriculum Subjects: Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

Landing of Columbus, 1492

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

Letter from Christopher Columbus

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

Major European Explorers

Curriculum Subjects: Foreign Languages, Geography, World History Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Manifest Destiny

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

Osama bin Laden and 9/11

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

Our Victorious Fleets in Cuban Waters, 1898

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President Ford’s remarks in Japan, 1974

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Sacco and Vanzetti, 1921

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Teaching the Revolution

Curriculum Subjects: Economics, Geography, Government and Civics, World History Grade Levels: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13+

The 1919 Black Sox Scandal

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

The British evacuation of Boston, 1776

Curriculum Subjects: Art, Government and Civics Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

The Conquest of Mexico: Past and Present Views

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

The Folly of Empire

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The Folly of Empire (Condensed Version)

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

The French and Indian War

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

The Global Effect of World War I

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

The Human Meaning of Migration

Curriculum Subjects: World History Grade Levels: 13+

The Monroe Doctrine

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

The Spanish Armada, 1588

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The Stamp Act Crisis

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

The surrender of New Netherland, 1664

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

The Survival of the US Constitution

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

Theodore Roosevelt : A Bully Reformer

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

Victory Order of the Day, 1945

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World War II: Commemorating Pearl Harbor, 1941

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World War II: Posters and Propaganda

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“Food Will Win the War,” 1917

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