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Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned to the Government curriculum.
Last Updated: May 5, 2011 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Library Resources

MPS Library Resource Centers subscribe to several social studies databases. The LRC website provides links to all the databases. Your library specialist is always willing to provide instruction and assistance for you and your students.

  • Facts on File American History Online  
  • ABC-Clio American History
    ABC Clio--American History includes nearly 15,000 primary and secondary sources, including overview essays, biographies, government and court documents, photos, maps, audio/video clips, statistics, and more. Over 100 topical overviews and nearly 3,300 biographies of famous political and military figures.
  • EBSCO Biography Reference Center
    EBSCOhost--Biography Reference Center™ offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.


  • AZLibrary
    Under School Resources: resources for young arizonas, teacher resourses, ebsco, book collection, point of view reference center, student research center and so much more. . .
  • C-SPAN Video Library
    The archives, at, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. Provides free online access to the more than 160,000 hours of C-Span footage .
  • Congress for Kids
  • Dirksen Congressional Center
  • Editorial Cartoon Collection
    Editorial cartoonists loved Everett Dirksen (1896-1969)—his position of influence as Minority Leader in the Senate (1959-69), his way with words, and, of course, his distinctive appearance. Over the years, Senator Dirksen’s staff compiled a scrapbook containing more than 300 editorial cartoons. Includes chronological listings and lesson plans.
  • EL Civics for ESL Students
    Learn EL Civics with great pictures and easy words. Just click on a picture to start a lesson or activity. The following EL Civics units are now available: Statue of Liberty, Washington, D.C., American Bald Eagle, Gateway Arch, and more. English Language Civics provides an easy way to learn about American history, geography, and culture. New lessons, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and videos are added to almost every week.
  • Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Achives
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
    FREE makes it easier to find teaching and learning resources from the federal government. More than 1,500 federally supported teaching and learning resources are included from dozens of federal agencies. New sites are added regularly.
  • Gilder Lehrman Teacher Resources
    The Gilder Lehrman Institute offers a growing variety of resources to assist teachers and students. The Institute has pioneered new models of history schools and programs, with proven success in improving academic achievement. It offers professional development opportunities for educators, provides documents and exercises for classroom use, and encourages excellence in student writing with essay prizes.
  • Gilder Lehrman: Modules on Major Topics In American History
    The modules cover more than twenty topics that correspond to the major periods in American history and take into consideration the history standards, both required and advanced, to which high school students are held. Each module includes: a succinct historical overview, learning tools including lesson plans, quizzes, and activities, recommended documents, films, and historic images.
  • It's No Laughing Matter: Analyzing Political Cartoons
    Cartoonists' persuasive techniques do. All cartoonists have access to a collection of tools that help them get their point across. Some of these techniques work "behind the scenes." You might not even notice them unless you know what you are looking for. In this activity, you'll get to take apart real-world cartoons--and learn how to spot the methods behind the message.
  • Library of Congress: The Teachers' Page
    Ready-to-use materials that bring the Library’s primary sources into the classroom.
  • National Archives - Document Analysis Worksheets
    Teaching with primary documents encourages a varied learning environment for teachers and students alike. Lectures, demonstrations, analysis of documents, independent research, and group work become a gateway for research with historical records in ways that sharpen students' skills and enthusiasm for history, social studies, and the humanities.
  • National Archives - Teaching with Documents
    This section contains reproducible copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teaching activities correlated to the National History Standards and National Standards for Civics and Government, and cross-curricular connections
  • National Geographic Xpeditions - Maps and Current Events
    This lesson will help students realize the value of maps in illustrating important news topics other than weather forecasts. They'll brainstorm geographic questions for specific news stories and use an atlas along with National Geographic's MapMachine to help them find answers to these questions. They'll conclude by creating "map packages" to accompany additional news stories, including at least five maps that illustrate points and background information related to the story.
  • Old Magazine Articles
    It is a primary source website and is designed to serve as a reference for students, educators, authors, researchers, dabblers, dilettantes, hacks and the merely curious. The old articles, essays, poetry, cartoons and photographs that can be found on the site have all been collected from a number of different libraries, bookshops and yard sales throughout the United States and Europe.
  • Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together
    A project of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.
  • Scholastic: Technology Tools, Organizers, & Templates
    Features: Graphic Organizers, Rubric Maker, Flash Card Maker and Much More
  • Smithsonian Education Lesson Plans
    Browse lesson plans by subject area or search by grade levels and keywords. Smithsonian lesson plans emphasize inquiry-based learning using primary sources and museum collections. Each plan is print-friendly and provides you with all the materials you need—photographs, reproductions, handouts, activities, suggested strategies, standards information, and additional online resources.
  • Smithsonian Education Resource Library Search
    Use the search fields below to access more than 1,500 rich Smithsonian educational resources.
  • Smithsonian Source: Resources for Teaching American History
    Provides primary sources and teaching with primary sources on a variety of historical topics.
  • Smithsonian: The Star Spangled Banner
    On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. Key’s words gave new significance to a national symbol and started a tradition through which generations of Americans have invested the flag with their own meanings and me

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