“Teaching with Historic Places” is a site run by the National Register of Historic Places, a division of the National Park Service, to lift events and people off the pages of the textbook and present them to students in an understandable and easily recognizable fashion. The site’s creators have assembled a variety of products and activities that show teachers how to bring historic places into their classrooms, including ready-to-use lesson plans, multifaceted education kits, and professional development materials and workshops. Among the many topics of historical significance, the site celebrates African American history with history and social studies lessons like “When Rice Was King,” “The Siege of Port Hudson,” and “Chicago’s Black Metropolis.” The lesson plans are designed for secondary students learning history, social studies, geography, and other humanities. Each lesson includes maps, readings, and photographs, all of which are accompanied by questions and conclude with activities that pull together the ideas covered in the lessons. The lesson plan collection can be browsed by location, by theme, or by time period. Some interesting titles include “San Antonio Missions:Spanish Influence in Texas,” “Mammoth Cave: Its Explorers, Miners, Archaeologists, and Visitors,” and “The Building of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.”
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp