• Skip Navigation •


The History Teaching Institute at The Ohio State University is the P-16 portal of The Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching at the Ohio State University.

  • History Lesson Plans
    • Primary source based lessons related to European history since 1450 and United States history tied to the Ohio Academic Content Standards
    • The Opper Project: Using Editorial Cartoons in the Classroom
      These standards-based, teacher-created, primary source lessons are based on editorial cartoons covering more than a century of American history
    • Cold Cases: Lessons in Historical Skills and Methods: These standards-based, teacher-created, primary source lessons feature a variety of primary source materials from the Byrd Polar Research Center archives at Ohio State.  High School students can learn historical skills using photographs and documents—all organized around the theme of polar exploration.
    • The Great War in Global Context includes teacher created lesson plans, bibliography, and links to on-line resources that address the military, diplomatic, political, and cultural aspects of World War I.
    • The Scientific Revolution: These lesson plans examine science, society, and culture from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
    • Central Asia in World History: Lessons in World History, World History AP, Geography, Family and Consumer Science, English, Journalism, Media Studies, and Global Studies for teaching Central Asia in World History.


Learn about our professional development programs, including projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching American History program.

  • Picturing History: Editorial Cartooning in America, 1754-2011 was a summer institute sponsored by Ohio State's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum for Middle and High School teachers on August 1-5, 2011, on the OSU main campus. Participants learned how to conduct close readings and gained a thorough grounding in the evolution of editorial cartoons, their purpose, and their intent. In addition, participants had the opportunity to conduct research and work with primary source material at the Cartoon Library and Museum.
  • Connecting to the Past is a professional development program designed to support and improve the teaching of American history. Participation is open to teachers in grades four to eight in Ashland, Holmes, Wayne, and Medina Counties.
  • History in the Heartland. The program is now complete, but the website contains resources that could be useful to middle and high school teachers. Material is organized around four core themes:
    • Histories of the West: Native American and Borderlands Histories
    • The Country and the City: Nature and Neighborhood as Themes in American Life
    • Of Campaigns and Conventions: American Political History
    • The Cold War: America's Long Race for Security and Predominance
  • Explore History Webinars: A program of five webinars presented during the winter and spring of 2010, funded by a Teaching American History grant from the U. S. Department of Education.




ORIGINS: Current Events in Historical Perspective

Our November Issue:
An Enemy Until You Need A Friend: The Role of "Big Government" in American History
(by Steven Conn)

Featured Book Review:
Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free Market Health Care"
(by Brian Campbell)

Visit Origins.