Learning and Teaching  about Racial Injustice in the  U.S: Selected Resources

See here for a small set of engaging and informative articles about the history of this topic and also building anti-racist classrooms and schools. (for educators to read)

For a more extensive list that includes lessons plans, see CHSSP Call to Action – Resources.

Teacher-Created Lessons: Integrating Environmental Literacy and Primary Sources

Santa Cruz in the Gilded Age-Travis Parker: This lesson is intended to come at the end of an Industrialism and Urban Growth unit, allowing students to explore how statewide and national trends affected, and were affected by, Santa Cruz. Download the source packet without the lesson here.

Land Use Conflict in the Amazon Rainforest-Lindsey Smith: This lesson uses the 2019 fires in the Amazon Rainforest as a way to analyze resource and land-use conflict in that region. This lesson would ideally be taught as part of a Contemporary World unit and offers the opportunity to integrate historical analysis, current events, and the environment.

Why did the U.S invade Iraq in 2003?- Marissa Ferejohn-Swett: This is a list of sources students can use to investigate reasons for the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003.

How did the Jamestown settlement affect the local environment?-Barbara Novelli: This is a list of sources focused on the Jamestown settlement that students can use to explore how humans affect local environments.


Lesson plans, Curricula, and Resources at our Partner CA History-Social Science Project sites.

Explore the UCLA History & Geography Project’s bank of curriculum and resources here. You can find lesson plans organized by course and grade level as well as links to plans associated with Special Projects and topics. Scroll down the page to the “Resources” header and select “primary sources” to find the Project’s curated list of websites that include valuable teaching resources.

Visit the UC Berkeley History Project to search and explore their lesson plans here. Explore their site to find more resources, such as this set on teaching LGBTQ history.

The History Project at UC Irvine has also compiled history/social science lessons and resources for K-12 teachers. Explore them here.

Find three full teaching units, developed by the CAHSSP State Office, here. These units are “Medieval Sites of Encounter” for seventh grade classrooms, “The Civil War” for eighth grade classrooms, and “the Cold War” for tenth and eleventh grade classrooms.