Literature Review

Literature Review

Curricula and Lesson Plans on Archaeology and Historic Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved March 28,

2015, from

        Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development created a site that has lesson plans on archaeology and historic resources. They developed this site because they believe that “historic preservation and archaeology offer rich rewards as a way of learning about history, diverse cultures, environment, and science.” Therefore they created a wonderful database full of lesson plans based on Vermont’s archaeology and historic resource.

This site only focuses on Vermont’s archaeology and historic resources. The site has a summary for each lesson plan so teachers can read an overview of the lesson before they click on the link. Unfortunately, the site does not give grade levels and the lesson plans they do have posted are not very engaging for younger students. However, each link brings you to a a pdf document that has extensive lesson plans that are easy to follow along.


Doing History/Keeping the Past: Historic Preservation Lesson Plans (Menu). (n.d.). Retrieved

March 28, 2015, from

        The Hewit Institute for History and Social Sciences created this site to provide students with information on Colorado’s history and historic preservation efforts. This site is designed for students because of its interaction with the students. The creators of the site made sure that each lesson plan engages the students by having them do things such as act things out or drawing. These types of lessons are really great for young students because it makes them active participants during lessons.

This site has a great list of lesson plans that have hands on activities. They really focus on getting children acclimated to Historic Preservation. The lesson plans that they have available are written in a way that makes it easy for children to understand what Historic Preservation is. The activities are very hands on. However, the website is not user friendly; it is relatively hard to navigate through.


Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources on Historic Preservation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 28, 2015,


        This website created lesson plans for teachers to use in their classrooms. They ensured that the lesson plans are revolved around Arkansas Social Studies Standards as well as Arkansas History guidelines and the Visual Arts Curriculum Framework. They have very informative lesson plans that revolve around Arkansas’ architecture as well as Arkansas History. One really creative part about this site is the link to coloring books. The coloring books allow children to color different architecture. It also has a little section on each page about the different architecture.

This site had really detailed and thought out lesson plans. Unfortunately, the lesson plans were only related to specific Arkansas architecture and Arkinsas related history. The lesson plans did come with great worksheets. The website is also really well organized so you do not have to click around to find lesson plans.


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        The Civil War Trust has a very extensive website that has lesson plans for Elementary school, Middle school and High school classrooms. They even have a field trip planner webpage. The creators of the website designed the site to be a way to pass on America’s history and to teach the students why it is important to preserve America’s history.

I found this site to be the most teacher friendly because the site has a drop down tab that has a link teachers can click on that allows them to choose between elementary, middle school, or high school. Depending on which tab you click, you are taken to a page with multiple lesson plans. Each lesson plan is very well detailed and very clear/specific.


Preservation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 28, 2015, from

They created their education program to bring curriculum to the classroom. The curriculum educates students about their local heritage. While they provide lots of materials for teachers to use in the classroom, they also provide seminars and workshops to educate teachers even further.

The Blue Glass Trust website has educational materials teachers can use in class. They also offer free in-class field trips. They focus on architecture and other historic structures. Unfortunately, they do not have any lesson plans available online, teachers have to request lesson plans and other information that they might want or need.


Teaching, home of the National History Education Clearinghouse. (n.d.). Retrieved

March 28, 2015, from

        This site was created for teachers who want to get their students involved in local preservation efforts. It lists different ways a teacher can get in contact with a local preservation society as well as different places students and or children can visit.

This site is really helpful for teachers who want to know how to get students involved in Historic Preservation efforts. While it is really good at informing teachers, it does not have any specific lesson plans or ideas teachers can use to teach.

United States. National Park Service. (n.d.). Teaching with Historic Places — Preservation Month

Lesson Plans. Retrieved March 28, 2015, from

        The National Park Service- Teaching with Historic Places program is a program that allows teachers to submit their lessons plans and, after editing, the NPS will upload it to their website for everyone to use. It is a very nice website since it has lessons written by teachers for teachers. There are many different options on the website that allow teachers to pick and choose exactly what they want to teach.

The National Park Service website has lesson plans for teachers to use. This website has very extensive lesson plans. However, it can be tricky navigating through the website to find exactly what you are looking for. Each lesson plan has a summary that briefly goes over the lesson as well as a picture that goes along with the place.


Guilfoil, J. (2004). Historic Preservation in Art Education. Art Education, 57(4), 48-54.

Harper, M. (1997). Including Historic Places in the Social Studies Curriculum. Eric Digest.

Morris, R. (2008). Youth Preservation League. International Journal of Social Education,23(2),


Patrick, J. (1989). Heritage Education in the School Curriculum.