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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.
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 instruction 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 guides to using the arts in instruction with primary sources.

Selected guides - go to the University of the Arts website for more: 

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 Minnesota Historical Society, presents an overview of CRP. 

Four other videos, from …

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Finding Primary Sources on Disability History

Browse the thorough and easy-to-follow: Using the Library of Congress Online: A Guide for Middle and High School Students. Also very useful for teachers! 


Emerging America Video Part 1: What are you looking for? Text Sets (3:29 mins…

"Grid with Represent, Engage, Express, and Cultural Considerations across top."

Emerging America's lesson plan template features a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) grid borrowed from Social Studies & Exceptional Learners (see below). It is designed to support teaching of Social Studies. Three columns call for strategies that support the UDL instructional framework (see description in Accessing…