Summer may be here, but it’s never too early to start planning for Fall. Hit the ground running with some exciting resources to engage students of all levels in New Jersey history.
From the founding of the state to the 1936 State House Occupation to the lives of Alice Paul and Paul Robeson, DiscoverNJHistory.org offers a diverse assortment of lesson plans, multimedia projects, and source material aligned with the latest common core standards.
Here is a navigational guide to Discover NJ History’s (and related) educational resources:
It Happened Here: New Jersey: Created by the New Jersey Historical Commission in partnership with historic and educational organizations throughout the state, this series of videos offer short introductions to diverse topics in NJ history featuring multimedia source material. (Series Credits)
Educational Resources: This page features a collection of interactive multimedia websites and online projects about topics in New Jersey history. Sites such as Electronic New Jersey, New Jersey History Kids and New Jersey Legacy include lesson plan and resource sections.
Teacher Resources: Here is a list of teaching resource pages on a variety of topics targeted towards elementary through high school students. Each page indicates a target audience and includes a summary of the topic, a focus question, a list of relevant standards, classroom activities, and links to accompanying resources. Most of the pages can be used alongside It Happened Here: New Jersey videos.
NJ History Blog: A collection of diverse and informative blog entries from various historians, elected officials, and experts on an wide array of topics related to New Jersey history.
World War I Teaching Resources: 2017 marks 100 years since the United States entered World War I. Considering a lesson on the centennial? This page features a variety of primary and secondary resources about WWI history and New Jersey’s specific contributions.