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America The Story of Us Lesson Plans from HISTORY — Now on Teaching!

America The Story of Us Lesson Plans from HISTORY — Now on Teaching!


Teaching is proud to work with HISTORY to bring you the story of America.

From the earliest days of European settlement in the New World, Americans from all backgrounds have recorded their stories and attempted to make sense of their place in history. America The Story of Us — airing on April 25, 2010 on HISTORY — is a landmark television endeavor that combines CGI technology and film images to provide a fascinating look at the stories of the people, events, and innovations that forged our nation. It will provide you with an unprecedented opportunity to bring our nation’s history to life for your students.

A 12-part series airing over 5 weeks, America The Story of Us is designed to initiate a national conversation about the American past — a conversation that can involve you, your students, and their families. HISTORY has partnered with Young Minds Inspired (YMI) to bring you this valuable instructional program, which builds on important themes from the series to help your students connect with and envision our country’s past, and consider their place in that ever-evolving story.

Although these materials are protected by copyright, you may make as many copies as you need for use in your classroom. We encourage you to share them with other teachers in your school. In addition to a teacher’s guide and four reproducible student activity masters, there is a special take-home Family Viewing Guide that will enrich the viewing experience for your students and their families, as well as an announcement of a contest that could earn the winning educator a cash prize for developing your own innovative American history lesson plan. We invite and encourage you to enter! To learn more about this contest and access a wealth of curriculum resources, visit us online at We hope you will find these materials as engaging as the amazing story of America that will come to life this April on HISTORY.

Teacher’s Guide to America The Story of Us

America Story of Us Classroom Activity Guide

History Teacher Contest

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