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Civil War Curriculum

This web site contains free lesson plans including PowerPoint presentations and reproducible PDF files for teaching the American Civil War. Although lessons are for K-12, they are applicable for the adult education classroom.

Electronic Library for Minnesota

This is a collection of databases full of content-rich materials that could be used for science and social studies content or for student research. Of the collection, these four databases are recommended for adult education classrooms: Britannica School, Student Resources in Context, Science Reference Center, and MasterFile Premier.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

This website is full of materials to help instructors with all areas of American history as well as civics and government. Adult Education programs that are affiliated with a school district can request free access to the materials on this site. There are lesson plans, primary resource documents and other classroom supplements.


From the website: "Founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, iCivics provides students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action, and teachers with the materials and support to achieve this. Our free resources include print-and-go lesson plans, award-winning games, and digital interactives."

LearningExpress Library High School Equivalency Center

In the High School Equivalency Center of the LearningExpress Library, click on Prepare for the GED® Test to find a wealth of helpful information, including the Introduction to the 2014 GED® Test tutorial. This interactive tutorial offers you a comprehensive introduction to the new GED® test. You'll learn about the new test format, practice with the new question types, find out what is assessed on all four tests, and more. You will also find practice tests, tutorials and eBooks specific to the Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies tests.

  • Resource type: Website
  • Recommended by: Beth Staats, Minitex, U of MN Libraries and ELM Electronic Library for Minnesota (email Beth)

National Archives Docs Teach

This website contains ready-to-use activities working with primary source documents and critical thinking skills including Finding a Sequence, Focusing on Details, Interpreting Data, Making Connections, Mapping History, Seeing the Big Picture, and Weighing the Evidence. You can also use their tool to create your own activities, all designed to "help students develop historical thinking skills." You can "find and insert primary sources and customize the activity to fit your unique students." Additionally, thousands of primary sources are searchable by historical era.


This is a great website with reading comprehension lessons at various reading levels. The lessons are research-based in areas of literature, science, social studies, etc. You can sign up and download the lessons.

Teaching American History

A leading online resource for American History teachers and students with core (primary source) documents that tell America's story.