7 Peer-Recommended Online Resources For History Teachers

New Jersey Alternate Route candidates specializing in history recently shared their “go-to”web resources for writing prompts, quizzes, Powerpoints, lesson plans and more. More than 200 teachers contributed to this blog series on NJ Professional Standards for Teachers (NJPTS) aligned teacher resources.

Here are seven free digital resources for history teachers:

New York Times Learning Network

“The New York Times Learning Network contains an extensive library of classroom resources - including lesson plans, writing prompts, quizzes and more - all of which are based on articles, essays, images, videos, and graphics published by The New York Times.”

Google’s Arts and Culture

“The Google Arts and Culture database includes content from more than 1,000 major museums and archives that are partnered with the Google Cultural Institute, bringing artifacts of the world online. The presentation of the Google Arts and Culture library of materials is as extensive as it is elegant, which adds to the fun of exploring the database library for students. My favorite feature of the database is the virtual tours of various locations around the world. From the Taj Mahal in India to the Kremlin in Moscow to The National Gallery in London, a seemingly endless gallery of 360-degree tours bring students that much closer to experiencing places of the world they may never have the opportunity to visit in person. Best of all, the database is ever-expanding, with Google adding daily features and new galleries on a regular basis.”


“This site was particularly useful during this past election season.  It has complete lessons, with guided student work and Powerpoints, all of which are geared toward teaching kids to be active citizens. The topics range from overviews of the federal government, to voting rights, to the electoral college.  It even lets you set up mock elections.  Awesome site!”


“If this is the first exposure you're going to have to this site, your workload just got a little bit lighter.  Leveled reading selections, organized by topic, Lexile range, and length. Perfect for homework, independent work, supplements to lessons.”

“This website has a lot of social studies reading passages based on lexile  levels. Students will be able to read, interpret, and construct written responses to a subject based on their level.”

The Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute is a free resource providing lesson plans, activities, documents, and many other helpful resources for teaching about civics and the Constitution.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History

“Comprehensive website filled with lesson plans, primary documents, and media presentations for all age groups. Their information is exhaustively researched and typically provides deeper information than a typical history textbook.”





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Heather Ngoma

Heather Ngoma has over 20 years experience collaborating with educators across New Jersey to drive education innovation. She currently serves as the Director of Rutgers University's Alternate Route Teacher Training Program at the Center for Effective School Practices, a program which helps career changers, recent college graduates and other aspiring education professionals become licensed teachers in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter @heatherngoma.