Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities
The AHEI brought classroom teachers to the Archives in 2009 and 2010 to create lesson plans based on primary source documents from the ADAH collections. Additional lessons will be added each month during the 2010-2011 school year.
This project is designed to help teachers more easily integrate the use of primary source materials into their classrooms. Each unit contains background information for the teacher and is made up of several lessons. The lessons contain learning objectives, suggested activities, and documents. Documents are reproduced in the original form and transcribed when necessary. Primary source materials may be printed and reproduced for classroom use. Lessons can be used without modification, adapted for specific class use, or entire new lessons and activities may be created based on the primary source materials provided.
Over the years, the Education Section at the Alabama Department of Archives and History has developed special Activity Sheets. Activity Sheets may include Alabama trivia, crossword puzzles, facts on First Ladies of Alabama, etc.
These sheets have been available for young and old visitors to the Archives when they visit the Hands On Gallery. Teachers have requested that this information be made available from the Archives web site. Teachers and students alike will enjoy using these Activity Sheets. For best result, print a copy of the sheets for more enjoyment in using them.
The Women of Alabama Online exhibit and Writing exercises
The Everyday Faces of Alabama Black History
This online exhibit uses photographs from the collections of the Archives as writing prompts for 4th and 5th grade student writing exercises.
Alabama experienced dramatic shifts in population, family income, employment, agricultural production, and education during the past six decades. Use this interactive map to explore how Alabama and its counties changed between 1950 and 2010 in these important categories.
Updated: January 15, 2015