Teacher Center

Indiana Humanities is proud to support Indiana teachers and their students by providing educational news and links, lesson plan ideas and professional development opportunities.

History Notes

Sept. 17 is Constitution Day. Check out these educational resources from EDSITEment to commemorate the occasion.

Want to start a National History Club at your middle or high school? Learn more.

National History Day in Indiana is a project-based learning program that encourages students to explore their own interests in history, conduct research and create projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, original dramatic performances, papers and websites. Find out how students in grades 4-12 can participate.

Professional Development Opportunities

ALL-IN Educator Workshop

Join Indiana Humanities and WFYI on Sept. 17 from 4-5:30 p.m. for an introduction to an innovative, interdisciplinary new digitally based program called ALL-IN! This short workshop will include practical tips for classroom implementation and allow you to brainstorm ideas with your colleagues. Plus, fun after-school snacks will be served and you’ll earn 1.5 professional growth points!

This event is limited to 40 attendees and is perfect for creative educators who teach social studies/history and English/language arts for grades 7-12.  You’ll learn how to:

1. Integrate a brand-new, easy-to-use, digital resource into your classroom

2. Use this program as a leadership opportunity within your school

3. Localize your lesson plans by connecting to ALL-IN themes

4. Use the humanities to strengthen your work

At the event, you’ll hear from Shawnda Hamilton, a 7th grade teacher in Fort Wayne who used ALL-IN for a series of essay prompts for her students, and from Ted Frantz, an associate professor of history at the University of Indianapolis. Finally, you’ll learn about WFYI’s American Graduate Initiative and a number of additional resources from Indiana Humanities.

Can’t make it but still want to integrate ALL-IN into your classroom? Learn more.

Hoosiers and the American Story: U.S. History through the lens of state history

  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center, Indianapolis
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park, Madison

Register here.

Are you ready to incorporate more Indiana stories into your American history classroom? Do you wonder how to engage and educate the next generation of Hoosier leaders? Join the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Humanities for a FREE one-day teacher workshop in preparation for the 2016 State Bicentennial. Get resources and content that will help you easily integrate Indiana history into your existing curricula. Together, we can help students learn about and love Indiana!

Each one-day workshop features:

  • “Indiana History in the American Story,” Keynote Address delivered by Dr. James H. Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • “Hoosiers and the American Story,” a new 300-page supplemental student text by Dr. James H. Madison and Lee Sandweiss that explores Indiana examples of the topics taught in the American history classroom, such as Native Americans, westward expansion, the Civil War, industrialization and the Civil Rights Movement. Free copies for you and your students!
  • Destination Indiana for the Classroom, bringing you 300+ digital journeys across Indiana. This user-friendly website will allow you and your students to engage with IHS’s online collections in new ways. Find photos, maps, documents and other primary sources to supplement your curricula or allow students to research a topic and present their results in a choice of formats.
  • Using National History Day in Indiana as a student motivator, with regional, state and national awards as incentive.
  • Connecting with peers and discovering new local and state resources for teaching Indiana history.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. and includes:

  • All workshop materials
  • $30 travel stipend
  • Books for you and your students
  • Certificate of Attendance reflecting seven hours of professional development Lunch Substitute teacher pay, if needed.  PLEASE NOTE: IHS will reimburse your school or district for substitute teacher pay. Upon your completion of the workshop, we’ll provide you with invoicing instructions for your school or district administrator.

Space is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until each workshop fills. After this time, a waitlist will be created. Register here.


Bill of Rights Institute
Sept. 23 | FREE

The Bill of Rights Institute is hosting a free one-day workshop entitled Being an American: Teaching the Founding Documents and Supporting English Language-Learners. At this free one-day seminar, you will discover resources to help engage your students with the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the purposes of a national government.  Join the Bill of Rights Institute for a free one-day workshop which will provide you with easy-to-implement resources to bring these concepts alive, as well as provide new methods to teach these topics to English language-learners with our new ELL supplement from our Being an American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, High School Edition curriculum.

Learn more and register here.


America In Class Online Seminars

These $35 seminars focus on teaching with primary sources — historical documents, literary texts, visual images, and audio material. Emphasizing critical analysis and close reading, they address the skills of the Common Core State Standards while giving teachers the opportunity to deepen their content knowledge.  Learn more.

Topics include themes such as:

The Struggle for Woman Suffrage

Teaching The Great Gatsby

The Causes of The Great Depression

The Emergence of Jim Crow


Lesson Plans

Spirit of Competition Toolkits

Teacher toolkits developed by Indiana Humanities include resources and lesson plans for teachers on a variety of subjects like civility, rivalry, innovation, passion and failure and for a variety of themes, such as Black History Month or Women’s History Month.

Topics include staging a debate, writing your rival, learning about entrepreneurs like Madam C.J. Walker, inventors like Fort Wayne’s teen phenom Philo Farnsworth, and how to overcome obstacles like Colonel Eli Lilly.

Learn more at SpiritofCompetition.org.


Visit Indiana: 4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

Fourth-grade teachers in Indiana have a new resource for helping students learn about the Hoosier state. The six-week course, based on the State of Indiana education standards, incorporates critical thinking and problem solving into the Indiana history curriculum.

From resources to activities, teachers will find a complete curriculum to teach Indiana history while integrating a variety of educational disciplines. Students will hone various skills while they learn about all the great places they can visit in their home state. Download the complete kit or individual resources, here.


What So Proudly We Hail

A one-stop source for free, literary-based curricula to aid in the classroom instruction of American history, civics, social studies, and language arts. Explore this site to find creative lesson plans, video seminars, primary resources, and much more.

The Curriculum link will lead you to “The Meaning of America” discussion guides and model seminars, the “The American Calendar” e-book collection, and the “Songs for Free Men and Women” compilation.

The site also includes a catalog of great American short stories, speeches, study guides, discussion videos, author biographies, and primary texts. Learn more.



Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.