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California, U.S., and World History Resources

Resources listed on this page are relevant for the curriculum areas of California, United States, and World History. These external resources should be carefully reviewed before use in the classroom.
  • Academic Earth: History Lectures and Courses External link opens in new window or tab.
    Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. They built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. Today their curated lists of online courses are hand selected by their staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. They also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, they bring the amazing world of academia to you for free. This page offers free lectures, courses, and resources on a variety of history topics.

  • American Historical Association (AHA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    AHA is the largest professional organization in the United States devoted to the study and promotion of history and historical thinking. AHA brings together historians from all specializations and professions, embracing their breadth, variety, and ever-changing activity.

  • California Historical Society (CHS) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CHS is a 140-year-old, non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make California's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives. The CHS Collection represents the environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural heritage of the entire state, including materials from outside California that contribute to a greater understanding of the state and its people.

  • California’s History-Social Science Project (CHSSP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CHSSP is one of nine California Subject Matter Projects External link opens in new window or tab. that provide high quality professional development for educators at the pre-kindergarten through post-secondary levels. Participation in CHSSP fosters the development of knowledgeable history-social science educators who take responsibility for the development and implementation of standards-based comprehensive and sequential programs in history-social science at every educational level. CHSSP Regional Sites External link opens in new window or tab. host activities that are designed to deepen teachers' knowledge of history, geography, civics, and economics, and enhance teachers' instructional strategies in the teaching of those disciplines.

  • California Indian Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
    California State University, Sacramento offers resources that address the theme of California Native Americans in kindergarten through grade twelve. The curriculum guide offers historical and cultural themes such as Sociopolitical Systems and Networks, Economic Systems, Language, and Native Peoples and Communities Today.

  • California Museum External link opens in new window or tab.
    The California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates, and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts, and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the museum inspires men, women, and children to pursue the California dream and make a mark on history.

  • California State Library External link opens in new window or tab.
    The California State Library is the state's information hub, preserving California's cultural heritage and connecting people, libraries, and government to the resources and tools they need to succeed and to build a strong California. The California History Section External link opens in new window or tab. holds a major collection of documents from and about California's rich history. The documents range from books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals, to pictorial materials (including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs, and paintings) and ephemera (such as posters, programs, pamphlets, and sheet music).

  • Center for History and New Media External link opens in new window or tab.
    This Web site includes digital media and computer technology to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.

  • Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Community External link opens in new window or tab.
    Lesson plans, discussions, primary sources materials, and more are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Community by creating a free account.

  • EDSITEment External link opens in new window or tab.
    EDSITEment is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities External link opens in new window or tab., and the National Trust for the Humanities.  EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

  • Facing History and Ourselves External link opens in new window or tab.
    Facing History and Ourselves provides educational materials to support civic responsibility, tolerance, and social action for young people.

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History External link opens in new window or tab.
    This institute is a nonprofit organization supporting the study and love of American history through a wide range of programs and resources for students, teachers, scholars, and history enthusiasts throughout the nation. The institute creates and works closely with history-focused schools; organizes summer seminars and development programs for teachers; produces print and digital publications and traveling exhibitions; hosts lectures by eminent historians; administers a History Teacher of the Year Award in every state and U.S. territory; and offers national book prizes and fellowships for scholars to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection as well as other renowned archives. Free subscriptions are available to K-12 Teachers and Students.

  • Historical Thinking Matters External link opens in new window or tab.
    Historical Thinking Matters focuses on key topics in U.S. history, designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives.

  • Historical Thinking Project’s Historical Thinking Concepts External link opens in new window or tab.
    The Historical Thinking Project works with six distinct but closely interrelated historical thinking concepts.

  • National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) External link opens in new window or tab.
    NCHS has a threefold mission: to develop and provide teachers with curricular materials that will engage students in exciting explorations of U.S. and World History; professional development for K-12 history teachers; and to collaborate with schools in building their history curricula.

  • National History Education Clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab. is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media External link opens in new window or tab. has created with the goal of making history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research accessible.

  • National History Day External link opens in new window or tab.
    National History Day offers curriculum materials and sponsors challenging contests that teach students the critical skills they need to be effective citizens in the 21st century.

  • Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) External link opens in new window or tab.
    SHEG offers a range of professional development options for teachers across grade levels. They developed and host Reading Like a Historian External link opens in new window or tab. curriculum that engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Additionally, SHEG is developing new assessments for history called Beyond the Bubble External link opens in new window or tab..

  • Teachers Righting History (TRH) External link opens in new window or tab.
    TRH is an educational project started by former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios that highlights historic American women in classrooms across the country. Using a database of information collected by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s recent effort to redesign the nation’s currency, teachers and students have the ability to discuss and post images (or other creative concepts) of historic American women in their classrooms as a teaching tool.

  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum External link opens in new window or tab.
    The museum promotes the responsible teaching of the Holocaust through a variety of resources and programs to help the nation's educators increase their knowledge of Holocaust history and implement sound teaching strategies. Education outreach programs provide teachers with quality Holocaust education, incorporating accurate history, appropriate pedagogy, classroom strategies, and teaching resources.

  • Veterans National Educational Program (V-NEP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    V-NEP aims to teach U.S. modern history through the understanding of the humanistic and cultural aspects of America’s military conflicts and how they have influenced the fabric of our global society. They host the Global Awareness Map External link opens in new window or tab. which includes dynamic video clips, interviews with subject matter experts, graphics, and classroom discussion points that will transport students around the world—from the frontlines of civil unrest to the parched deserts of the Middle East. V-NEP not only strives to teach students about history and other cultures around the world, but to think critically about the lessons of yesterday while exploring today’s complex global issues.

  • Virginia Center for Digital History (VCDH) External link opens in new window or tab.
    VCDH is home to a number of digital projects spanning the range of American history, from the Jamestown settlement, to the Civil War, to the Civil Rights movement. These projects are built to be used by K-12 educators, college students, scholars, and the general public.

  • World History For Us All External link opens in new window or tab.
    This web-based curriculum has two major elements: 1) A logical conceptual framework of guiding ideas, objectives, rationales, themes, and historical periods, and 2) a rich selection of units, lessons, activities, primary documents, and resources that are linked to this overarching conceptual structure.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 10, 2019