Websites and Primary Sources

TEC Teaching American Recommended History Web Pages

Teaching  is full of great resources, including excellent lesson plans on all subjects.  A good place to begin with this page will be to follow this link to reviews of lesson plans. The reviews are all based on Historical Thinking Skills standards.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress page is a treasure trove.  It can  be difficult to navigate without some planning.   There are some excellent help videos on the LOC page, and it really is very profitable to use them.  Go to the following link  for a tour of how to find your way around the many layers of the site.

The Historical Thinking Project

Historical Thinking Matters

We are linking you to two excellent “Historical Thinking” websites.  The first is a Canadian site featuring the work of Peter Seixas and colleagues.  One of the great features to use from this site is the following  Organizer of six historical thinking concepts [HTC] that “are represented in a graphic that explores: aspects of each HTC, how students can demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of each HTC, and suggested student tasks for each.”

The Second Historical Thinking site is from the Historical Thinking Matters team led by Roy Rosenzweig and Sam Winebury. Especially noteworthy is the "Student Investigations" page.


TAH Partner Sites with Teacher Resources

Massachusetts Historical Society

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

National Archives Docs Teach

Primary Source

Commonwealth Museum/MA State archives

Old Sturbridge Village

Paul Revere House


Other Sites of Interest

Professor Ed O'Donnell's American History blog


Image: courtesy of Leventhal Map Center

Featured TEC District Site

Wayland High School History Project

A great project-based initiative where Wayland students completed a number of projects, including oral histories of Vietnam veterans, digital storytelling and researching and cataloging documents and photographs from collections related to their community.