Assembled here are links to some of the state's and nation's premiere sources for historical documents and lesson materials in social studies, including those provided by the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and libraries and repositories throughout Texas.
A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Edsitement offers humanities-focused educational materials to students, teachers, and parents. Subject areas include history and social studies, literature and language arts, art and culture, and foreign languages. The website features a collection of lesson plans for teachers as well as interactive activities and resources for students.
The National Archives and Records Administration preserves important federal government documents and offers online public access to items such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The Archives website also features an online teaching tool called “Docs Teach,” which offers classroom-specific activities and primary source documents. On Constitution Day 2014, NARA's Center for Legislative Archives released Congress Creates the Bill of Rights, a set of digital resources for teachers and students that provides a distinct way of exploring how the First Congress proposed amendments to the Constitution in 1789.
The Digital Public Library of America is a portal to historical documents, images, and resources gathered from America’s libraries, archives, and museums. The collection allows users to search through materials in innovative ways, including by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, and topic.
The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution as well as the largest library in the world. The library’s website includes digital collections and services, providing access to print, pictorial, and audio-visual materials, which can be used to supplement classroom instruction.
The PBS Learning Media site provides numerous lesson plans, online activities, classroom resources, and educational videos covering multiple subjects for preschool through 12th grade. With the creation of a free teacher account, users have access to a vast array of PBS video resources for use in their classrooms.
The Portal to Texas History provides access to Texas history materials, such as books, maps, photographs, and newspapers, all of which come from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections. The site also offers numerous resources for educators, including primary source sets and classroom activities.
A collaborative project of the Texas State Historical Association, UNT's Portal to Texas History, and Texas Heritage Online, Teaching Texas brings together in one place diverse resources for teaching Texas studies in order to both save time and promote awareness of what is available.
For our Spring 2014 workshop on the Harlem Renaissance, Humanities Texas assembled a list of online educational resources related to the Harlem Renaissance and its history, literature, and culture. These websites include primary source documents, lesson plans, photographs, and other interactive elements that will enhance classroom instruction and student comprehension.