Indiana Humanities is proud to support Indiana teachers and their students by providing lesson plan ideas and professional development opportunities.
Spirit of Competition Lesson Plans
New 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.
Statehood Day Essay Contest — Open to 4th graders
The Indiana State House Tour Office in conjunction with the Indiana Center for the Book and the Indiana State Library is hosting an essay competition to commemorate Indiana Statehood Day 2013, a celebration of Indiana’s 197th birthday. To start us thinking about our 200th Statehood Day in 2016, this year’s theme is Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes. For additional information on the essay contest, visit http://in.gov/library/statehood.htm.
Winners of the Hoosier Bicentennial Heroes essay contest will be honored at the Statehood Day Celebration at one of four participating locations on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
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.
AEAI Teacher and Museum Partnership Program
Apply for the AEAI Teacher and Museum Partnership Program, sponsored by the Museum Education Division. The deadline has been extended to Friday, August 9. Apply 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
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.