Teaching Materials

New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth

Teaching Guide. By Alan J. Singer. 2008. Narrative description of slavery in the north and strategies for engaging young people as historians on the topic.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
Read More

Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War at Home

Teaching Activity. By Robert Standish. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 22 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War on the Poor in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Read More

A People’s History for the Classroom

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 120 pages. 2008. Rethinking Schools. Lessons to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of U.S. history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. Published by Rethinking Schools.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Education
Read More

The Power In Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 1988. Role plays and writing activities project high school students into real-life situations to explore the history and contemporary reality of employment (and unemployment) in the U.S.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
Read More

Preparing the Revolution

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 4 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on class differences and internal dissent before and during the Revolutionary War.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Social Class
Read More

Protesting the First World War

Teaching Activity. By Colby Smart. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 14 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on anti-war efforts during the first World War, as well as the U.S. government's response.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
Read More

Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

Teaching Guide and Website. Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View. 2004. Provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement, with a focus on education, economics, labor, youth, women, and culture.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
Read More

Race and Membership in American History

Teaching Guide. By Alan Stoskopf. Facing History and Ourselves. 2002. Resources for teaching about the eugenics movement in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Science
Read More
The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy (Website) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

Teaching Guide. By Facing History and Ourselves. 2015. A collection of lessons, videos, and primary sources to teach about Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity
Read More
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years

Teaching Guide. Edited by Bill Bigelow and Bob Peterson. 192 pages. 2003. Rethinking Schools. Readings and lessons for grades 5 to 12 about the impact and legacy of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas.
Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 - 1764
Themes: Native American
Read More

Rethinking Elementary Education

Teaching Guide. Edited by Linda Christensen, Mark Hansen, and Bob Peterson. 360 pages. 2012. Rethinking Schools. The best collection of writing from Rethinking Schools magazine about how to teach for social justice at the elementary level. Published by Rethinking Schools.
Themes: Education
Read More