Lesson Plans

 

The lesson plans and other resources featured here were developed by the Massachusetts Historical Society’s teacher fellows, workshop participants, and Education Department staff members. Each project uses primary sources from the Society's collection to explore particular  topics in American history.

Founding Fathers and Their Families

The Adams Family of Massachusetts: A Legacy of Justice in Action

Developed by Kris Allison, Boston Public Schools
Level: Middle School
Subject: United States History

Adams Family Foreign Policy: Letters and Diaries from Europe

Developed by Jason L. S. Raia, Pope John XXIII High School, Everett, Massachusetts
Level: High School (Advanced Placement)
Subject: United States History

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the Birth of Party Politics in America

Developed by Duncan Wood, Newton North High School, Newton, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

Abigail Adams, the Writer: "My pen is always freer than my tongue"

Developed by Teresa Escobales Collins, Boston College High School, Boston, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: English

John Adams's Views on Citizenship: Lessons for Contemporary America

Developed by Todd Wallingford, Hudson High School, Hudson, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History, Civics

John Quincy Adams: One President's Adolescence

Developed by Robert Baker, Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

The American Revolution

Abigail’s War: The American Revolution through the Eyes of Abigail Adams

Developed by Rachel M. Ottman, McCarthy Middle School, Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Level: Elementary
Subjects: United States History, Math, Languages Arts

Johnny Tremain and the Members of the Long-Room Club

Developed by Ronald Blackington, Wareham Middle School, Wareham, Massachusetts
Level: Middle School
Subjects: Language Arts, United States History

From Tea to Shining Sea: A Primary Document-Based Unit on the Boston Tea Party

Developed by Lisa M. Green, Swampscott High School, Swamscott, Massachusetts
Level: High School (Advanced Placement)
Subject: Economics, United States History

John and Abigail Adams in Times of Change: the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Smallpox Epidemic during the American Revolution

Developed by Michael Barton, Greater Lowell Technical High School, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

The Siege of Boston

The Siege of Boston: A Document-Based Lesson

Developed by Danielle Fernandez, North Quincy High School, Quincy, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

Slavery and Antislavery

Creative Collaborators and Communicators: The Abolitionists and their Propaganda

Developed by Elizabeth Lambert, Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, Massachusetts
Level: Middle School
Subject: United States History, Language Arts

Chief Justice William Cushing and the Abolition of Slavery

Developed by Jennifer Larose, Scituate High School, Scituate, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

Slavery in Massachusetts, 1630-1860

Developed by Matthew Johnson, South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Hanover, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

Reform Movements

Boston as the Athens of America

Developed by Elizabeth Lambert, Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, Massachusetts
Level: Middle School
Subject: United States History, Language Arts

Deviancy and Reform in Nineteenth-Century America

Developed by William Miskinis, Littleton High School, Littleton, Massachusetts
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

The Civil War

The Massachusetts Civil War Experience

Developed by Rajeeve Martyn, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Level: High School
Subject: Civics, United States History

Massachusetts Women and the Civil War

Developed by Duncan Wood, Newton North High School, Newton, Massachusetts.
Level: High School
Subject: United States History

Upcoming Events

postponed Environmental History Seminar

Harvest for War: Fruits, Nuts, Imperialism, and Gas Mask Manufacture in the United States During ...

21Feb 5:15PM 2017

This session has been POSTPONED to Tuesday, May 9, at 5:15 PM. Part of a larger book length study, this essay examines the use of seemingly exotic foodstuffs and ...

Teacher Workshop

Women in the Era of the American Revolution

22Feb 9:00AM 2017
Registration fee: $40 (free for students)

Study the revolution through the words and artifacts of the women who lived it. Women were vital consumers (and boycotters) of imported goods, and they functioned as ...

Brown Bag

Constructing American Belatedness: The Archives of American Artists in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris

22Feb 12:00PM 2017

Thousands of US artists traveled to Paris between 1865 and 1914, at various stages of their careers and for various lengths of time. This project culls archival materials ...

From our Blog

This Week @ MHS

The MHS is CLOSED on Monday, 20 February, for Presidents' Day.  Despite the holiday-shortened week, there is quite a bit of activity at the Society. Here's is what we have the calendar for the ...

Working with Google to Showcase MHS Content about U. S. Presidents

Selections from MHS’s two most important collections, the Adams Family Papers and the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson Manuscripts, are now part of the Google Arts & Culture website. ...

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