These classroom activities were developed in collaboration between primary and secondary teachers, OSU faculty and Ohio Historical Society public historians. The lessons integrate a variety of primary sources that can be used in classrooms with various degrees of available technology.
There are a variety of activities here. Some will take an entire class period or more. Others are short exercises that can be easily integrated into existing lessons and provide teachers with the opportunity to illustrate history through the use of primary material.
All the activities promote historical inquiry and analysis and they are flexible so as to be helpful to a range of age and developmental groups. They can be used immediately by downloading or printing the material provided.
Click on the titles below to access various lesson plans.
The American Revolution (multiple lessons arranged by grade level)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition (multiple lessons arranged by grade level)
Western Expansion (multiple lessons arranged by grade level)
The African Slave Trade (multiple lessons arranged by grade level)
BELOW ARE WORKSHEETS THAT CAN BE USED TO ANALYZE PRIMARY SOURCES: