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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.

NEW Professional Development Opportunity:


To Intervene or Not to Intervene: American Involvement in World Affairs from the Spanish Civil War to the Present

A Professional Development Institute for Social Studies and Spanish Teachers Interested in Working with Primary Sources


Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9am-4pm

(registration at 8:30), in Dulles 168 on The Ohio State University Columbus Campus

The Spanish Civil War is a crucial event in world and U.S. history, yet it is rarely included in the high-school curriculum because many teachers lack both the knowledge and the tools to incorporate it meaningfully while meeting Common Core and other academic content standards. This institute seeks to fill that gap by teaching high-school instructors about the war while working with them to create compelling curricular materials based on primary sources that will help them better meet the standards in their respective subject matters.

Featuring presentations by humanities scholars, hands-on research, and curriculum development workshops, the institute will give high-school teachers an introduction to the Spanish Civil War, U.S involvement in it, and the conflict’s impact on American culture and society, examining in particular the experiences of five Ohioans involved in the conflict. Primary sources will be a central focus throughout, as participants work with a carefully selected set of original documents—ranging from personal letters by Ohioans and other Americans who went to Spain, to government reports and oral history sources—and secondary materials, both in print and audiovisual format.

The Institute speakers include:
Professor Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College
Professor Peter Carol, Stanford University
Professor Aaron Retish, Wayne State University

The Institute is co-sponsored by:
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives http://www.alba-valb.org/
The Ohio Resource Center http://www.ohiorc.org/
The Ohio Council for the Social Studies http://ocss.org/
The Goldberg Center http://goldbergcenter.osu.edu
Ohio Humanities http://www.ohiohumanities.org/

Continuing Education Credit is available. Registration is available here.



History Lesson Plans:


NEW! 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).

NEW! 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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