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In this activity students will analyze two documents written by General Dwight Eisenhower before the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. Students will compare and contrast these documents to gain a better understanding of the mindset of Allied leaders on the eve of the invasion.

The Night Before D-Day | DocsTeach: Activities

Sept. 15–Oct. 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Find resources on The US National Archives, The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2013

September 17th is Constitution Day! Here are resources from the National Archives and some of our partner organizations for teaching about the U.S. Constitution.

Education Updates » Resources for Teaching about the Constitution

A whole variety of National Archives teaching and learning resources based on primary sources: topic-based DocsTeach pages, eBooks, YouTube, Historypin, iTunesU, and Document Analysis Worksheets.

Special Topics and Tools

From human rights, to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, to eyewitness accounts, to 1970s Chicago and beyond, check out National Archives online exhibits:

Online Exhibits

A National Archives blog post about using Statue of Liberty propaganda posters for an engaging Common Core task for writing an informative/explanatory text. The Statue was frequently used during both world wars to encourage people to conserve wheat, buy war bonds, and work harder in factories. The colors, slogans, and overall tone of these posters are quite varied. (Image: That Liberty Shall Not Perish From The Earth, 1918, from the Records of the U.S. Food Administration)

Education Updates » Propaganda Posters and the Common Core

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. The National Archives joined other agencies and institutions to create and, which includes teaching resources. Learn more on our blog at (Image: 2010 Census poster assuring Native Hawaiians their responses would be confidential. Records of the Bureau of the Census. National Archives Identifier…

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Information and the application for Primarily Teaching—our summer institute on using historical documents in the classroom—are available on our website at

Primarily Teaching

"Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives" is a free eBook for iPad, iPhone, Android, eReader, or ePub-reader extension in your web browser. It tells the story of our national pastime through primary sources: documents, photographs, audio, video, and other records preserved at the National Archives. It covers: baseball during world wars, contracts, civil rights, equal opportunity, steroids, Presidents, improvements to the sport, Little League, Spring Training, and Opening Day!

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Special 1970s America page: Find primary sources and learning activities for teaching about foreign policy, the Vietnam War, space exploration, environmentalism, the energy crisis, or other topics of the 70s. is the document-based teaching tool from the National Archives. Browse or search for documents and activities, customize activities to fit your classroom, create new activities using one of seven distinctive tools, and save and organize activities in an…

Seventies | DocsTeach

The DocsTeach App for iPad: Create classrooms full of activities for your students on, then share the classroom’s auto generated code with them to enter in the app. is an online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives. Discover thousands of primary sources and learning activities. Register for a free account to borrow from an ever-expanding collection of activities, plus create unique ones using the online tools.

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For Teachers on Find resources from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, and National Park Service.

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Bring students to the Constitution-in-Action learning lab in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. They will take on the roles of archivists and researchers to find, select and analyze document facsimiles and contribute to a multimedia presentation.

DC Student Visits

Special page from the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives: Find records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and teach about representative democracy, how Congress works, and the important role that Congress has played throughout American history. Find more resources and lesson plans from the Center for Legislative Archives at

Congress | DocsTeach

Special page from the National Archives: Help your students explore the eras of Presidents Nixon and Ford. Choose from the various teaching activities and primary sources to get students to think critically about turning points from 1969 to 1977. Check back throughout 2013 as we will continually add new activities. This year—2013—marks the 100th birthday anniversaries for both President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford, born in 1913!

Nixon and Ford 100 | DocsTeach

Learn how to use from the National Archives to find and create interactive learning activities with primary source documents. Our YouTube course includes detailed tutorial videos. Visit to get started teaching with primary sources from the National Archives!

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National Archives eBook: "The Meaning and Making of Emancipation." This book presents the Emancipation Proclamation in its social and political context with documents that illustrate the efforts of the many Americans, enslaved and free, white and black, by whom slavery was abolished in the United States.