Teaching Tennessee History
Lesson Plans for the Classroom
The annual Summer Teachers History Seminars/Workshops are an opportunity for a select group of teachers to participate in an in depth study of a specific topic in Tennessee history. At the end of many of the seminars/workshops, each teacher prepares a lesson based on the week’s study. The lesson plans are then made available to teachers across the state.
We invite you to browse through these lesson plans to choose helpful ideas for your classroom use.
The War Within A War: The Hidden Stories of the Civil War's Impact on Tennessee
Facing Change: The Impact of the New Deal and World War II on East Tennessee
Teaching Appalachia: Image and Reality of Appalachian Culture
Cultures in Conflict: The Revolutionary Era on the Cherokee Frontier
From Tennessee to the White House: The Journeys of Jackson, Polk, and Johnson
Making History Personal: Family and Local History in the Classroom
Voices of Opportunity: Industrialization Comes to Tennessee
Freedom Spirit: Tennessee and the Civil Rights Movement
History by the Book: Integrating Language Arts and Primary Sources into Elementary Social Studies Instruction
- Knoxville: The Heart of the Civil War in East Tennessee
The Summer Teachers History Seminars/Workshops are a program of the East Tennessee Historical Society.
Project Director: Lisa N. Oakley, 865-215-8828 or oakley@eastTNhistory.org
Project Facilitator: Joe Spence
Lesson Plans created by participating teachers
Funded in part by a grant from
With additional support from The Grimes Family Donor Advised Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, established by Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Grimes and Katie Dean Foundation and Wackenhut, Oak Ridge.
History Links and Resources
- Teachers will find a number of helpful resources on the Teach Tennessee History website. The information includes Teaching American History projects and easily accessible teacher and student materials.
- Looking for more resources on a specific historical era? If so, check out the Historical Eras page to discover primary sources, content essays, images, activities, and web links in an easily searchable format.