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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. Along with other content, on this site we house a variety of lesson plans for students k-12. Lesson plan topic areas include Central Asia in World History, the Scientific Revolution, current events, Historic Clothing Artifacts, Opper cartoons and more.


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