The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

posted May 28, 2016, 6:41 AM by Jonathan Gillig   [ updated May 30, 2016, 1:05 PM ]

This site is a cornucopia of resources for both the educator and student of American History.  I have used this site for years to help me develop lessons.  I have my students create an account for themselves and often have them create content based on their exploration of the site. This post is designed to highlight but a few of their features.  Click here or on the image above to go to their website.  

The 'Explore History By Era' feature is great for teachers because it organizes the whole of American History into timeframes that resemble the units we teach.  Each era is a link that has lessons created by master teachers, related audio and video podcasts, essays, multimedia resources and much more.  

This feature is fantastic!  This series of lessons is designed to focus on Common Core standards through history.  Here, you can search for lessons by historical topic or by standard.  All lessons have been vetted for quality and are created by Master Teachers.  

This resource is a gold mine for the flipped classroom!  Gilder Lehrman has a vast array of video and audio podcasts (both short and extensive) from leading Historians in the field.  I have used these podcasts for both purposes of professional preparation and for lesson design. Some of the podcasts are short enough to be used throughout an hour lesson (for example, as a bellringer) while others can be used for students to view at home for discussion in class.  

How are you using the Gilder Lehrman website?  Please share!