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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:


Origins Lesson Plans

Origins lesson plans, based on articles from the Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective web site, focus on integrating current events in grades 6 through 12. Written by education students at Ohio State University, the plans connect topics with the New Ohio Learning Standards for Social Studies.

Back to History

Back to History lesson plans, focused on American history, are the result of a professional development program for K-12 teachers in Ohio's Educational Regional Service System (ERSS).

Teaching History with Historic Clothing Artifacts

is a set of lesson plans designed to promote learning about history via historical textiles. These lesson plans were created in a workshop held in conjunction with the Ohio State Historic Costume & Textiles Collection.

European history since 1450 and United States history lesson plans

are tied to the Ohio Academic Content Standards. These are primary source based lessons.

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.


Professional Development:

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. The program pages also include classroom activities.
  • 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.



  • A selection of quality websites in American history
  • Links to other sites that include high quality information and lesson plans
  • Teaching With Objects: Resources
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