Teaching Resources for Historians

The American Historical Association has a long-standing commitment to teaching and history education at all levels, and supports teaching in a wide variety of ways. At the annual meeting, the AHA and its affiliates sponsor many sessions on teaching. The AHA also offers a number of prizes and awards and supports the good work of National History Day.

The AHA has developed resources for classroom teaching through the years. In Classroom Materials, you will find materials you can use in designing your own courses: syllabi, reading lists, sample assignments, course modules, etc. These are organized thematically, by resource type, and by the project or initiative that created the resource.

The AHA Teaching Division is actively working on advancing conversations about teaching history. Approaches to Teaching contains links to resources on issues such as defining the skills of history majors, dual enrollment, globalizing the US history survey, and teaching digital history.

We hope you will find these guides useful. To connect with other history teachers, join our Teaching and Learning Community on AHA Communities.

Approaches to Teaching

The AHA is committed to advancing thought about the teaching of history at all levels. Recent projects that challenged instructors to approach the classroom differently include the Tuning and Bridging Cultures projects. AHA has also been involved in hosting a variety of events at which faculty have held discussions on important topics such as the introductory history survey, dual/concurrent enrollment, and teaching with digital tools. Here you will find information on the initiatives and links to resources that will help you think about new ways of approaching teaching.

Approaches to Teaching

Classroom Materials

We have sorted this wealth of documents by both geography and time period, as well as thematically, based on categories used in the AHA Member Taxonomy.

We hope to add resources to these pages as faculty either complete new materials or revise preliminary efforts as a result of ongoing consultation with their colleagues.

Classroom Materials

Remote Teaching

As historians transition to remote teaching in the face of COVID-19, the AHA offers resources to help. 

Read our series in Perspectives Online on how to manage the shift.

Find or contribute resources at the Remote Teaching Wiki Project, which includes  video lectures, learning outcomes, lecture notes, etc. that have been constructed for and proven to work for remote teaching in geographical/temporal fields, thematic approaches, historical pedagogy, etc.