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American History Subject Guide (archived): Teaching history

Resources for study and research in United States history

Teaching American History


A U.S. history textbook for young people:

A History of US

11 volumes:

  • The first Americans
  • Making thirteen colonies
  • From colonies to country
  • The new nation
  • Liberty for all?
  • War, terrible war
  • Reconstructing America
  • An age of extremes
  • War, peace, and all that jazz
  • All the people
  • Sourcebook and index

JUV 973 H127h

A journal on education history

Historical Studies in Education
is an open source bilingual Canadian journal

Resources on race in America

Charleston Syllabus from the African American Intellectual History Society

Readings to help educators teach about racial issues, inspired by the shootings in Charleston, SC in June 2015, providing valuable information about the history of racial violence, and contextualizing the history of race relations in the U.S.

Sources of curriculum and instructional material

Stanford's History Education Group, includes Reading Like a Historian curriculum

Developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges, from the Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston.

Annenberg Classroom:  Resources for Excellent Civics Education

For Teachers and Students from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

History Classroom from

National Center for History in the Schools from UCLA

National Council for History Education

Teachers from the Library of Congress. “More than 10 million primary sources online.”

Teaching about Congress from the Dirksen Congresional Center

See more resources in a guide on HIstory Teaching Resources from Sam Houston State Univ.


Books on teaching history

Browse books in the library on teaching

Teaching history 907.1 (upstairs stacks)
Teaching social studies 372.83 (downstairs stacks)


Browse the catalog (see items with these headings, and see the subheadings below)

History study and teaching

History study and teaching elementary

History study and teaching secondary

Social sciences study and teaching



Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
"A nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education"

National Council for the Social Studies

Teaching Tools from the Organization of American Historians (OAH), including Textbooks and Teaching


Some relevant books in the CU library

Multicultural Social Studies: Using Local History in the Classroom, by Anita C. Danker 300.71273 D23m

Teaching Ethnic Diversity with Film: Essays and Resources for Educators in History, Social Studies, Literature and Film Studies, edited by Carole Gerster with Laura W. Zlogar 370.117 T22

How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom, M. Suzanne Donovan and John D. Bransford, editors 370.1523 N213

Integrating Inquiry Across the Curriculum, edited by Richard H. Audet, Linda K. Jordan 371.39 In812

Building a History Curriculum: Guidelines for Teaching History in Schools, prepared by the Bradley Commission on History in Schools 372.89043 B728b 

Building a History-Centered Curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade Four: Guidelines for Using Themes and Selecting Content, prepared by the National Council for History Education 372.89043 N213e

Building a United States History Curriculum: A Guide to Using Themes and Selecting Content, prepared by the National Council for History Education 372.89043 N213u

Hands On History: A Resource for Teaching Mathematics, edited by Amy Shell-Gellasch 510.712 H192

Historical Empathy and Perspective-Taking in the Social Studies, edited by O.L. Davis Jr., Elizabeth Anne Yeager, and Stuart J. Foster 907 H629h

Past Into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation, by Stacy F. Roth 907 R742p Essays on Teaching with Technology, Dennis A. Trinkle, Scott A. Merriman, editors 907.1 H629

The Historian's Toolbox: A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History, by Robert C. Williams 907.2 W675h

Teaching History in the Digital Classroom, by D. Antonio Cantu and Wilson J. Warren 907.85 C169t

Lessons from History: Essential Understandings and Historical Perspectives Students Should Acquire, edited by Charlotte Crabtree 973.071 L566

Uncovering Our History: Teaching with Primary Sources, by Susan H. Veccia 973.071 V491u

Connections to literature

A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books, by Carolyn W. Lima and John A. Lima
REF 011.62 L628

Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre, by Sarah L. Johnson
REF 808.8381 J637h

America as Story: Historical Fiction for Middle and Secondary Schools, by Rosemary K. Coffey and Elizabeth F. Howard.
813.081 C654a

America in Historical Fiction: A Bibliographic Guide, by Vandelia VanMeter
REF 813.081 V332a

Literature Connections to American History, K-6: Resources to Enhance and Entice, by Lynda G. Adamson
REF 973.016 AD19l

American History for Children and Young Adults, by Vandelia VanMeter
REF 973.016 V332a

What Was It Like?: Teaching History and Culture through Young Adult Literature, by Linda J. Rice
973.91071 R364w

Teaching History on Vermont Edition

Vermont Edition program, aired on VPR 9/27/11

Teaching History Well, And Getting Students To Care

"So who were Vasco da Gama, Myles Standish and Hernando Cortez and why did we spend so much time learning about them in our history classes? Did they deserve so much of our attention?

Which begs the bigger question: How well is history being taught in schools? And who determines what gets taught - and what doesn't make it into the history books?

Kenneth Davis, author of "Don't Know Much About History," and Mark Cline Lucey, a social studies teacher at Vermont Commons School discuss the state of history instruction in schools, and methods some teachers are using to make the subject more exciting and accessible to their students."