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Teaching Resources

Welcome to the Emerging America resource library. Browse our ever-growing collection of primary source sets, lesson plans, classroom assessments, and more, developed by teachers and edited for quality and consistency. Use the controls in the blue box to search and filter by Type, Subject, Time Period, and Grade Level. NOTE: Use the website search engine (above) to find resources–such as apps and curriculum from other organizations–that appear only in the blog.
Screenshot of Gallery Walk video from Facing History

A "Gallery Walk" prompts students to write responses to an image, and build upon one another's comments anonymously as they write their responses. This strategy offers a silent form of classroom discussion. Click here to watch a video from Facing History where high school students…

A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing

In her essay, "Is That Higher-Order Task Really Higher Order?" Jennifer Gonzalez, reflects on how to ensure that performance tasks really require higher-order thinking.

Gonzalez refers to the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, first published by…

University of the Arts and Teaching with Primary Sources

Incorporating visual and performing arts into lessons helps students to relate personally to academic subject matter, broadens the range of modes of expression, and empowers student voice. Philadelphia's University of the Arts has posted many teacher-developed lessons from its courses on the arts and primary sources.

Lesson plans can be searched by grade level, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, or 9-12…

Culturally relevant pedagogy (CRP) as developed by Dr. Gloria Gladson-Billings, offers an invaluable set of strategies to engage and support diverse learners. 

View five instructional videos examine culturally relevant pedagogy using primary sources.

The first video, a webinar from the University of Minnesota, presents an overview of CRP. 

Four other videos, from the…

Two sheets of paper, a worksheet and a page with five pictures paired with a word or phrase

In this example, a Special Education teacher who built a unit around a museum field trip describes a combination of teaching strategies designed to meet the needs of English Learners and students with disabilities, providing examples of student work.

She describes "the opportunity to supplement my curriculum units with visualizations and hands-on experiences to facilitate their…