How do you make a country from scratch? Leaders during the American Founding, the period from 1776 through 1789, would dedicate themselves to pursuing the answer until bringing their plan to fruition with Washington’s inauguration. Along the way, they would wrestle with defining, expressing, and applying what Jefferson would call “The American Mind” to their goals.
For today’s students, it’s hard to imagine America as a new idea, as a radical experiment in democracy. But for the people fighting a revolution, attempting to govern a group of disparate states, and finally creating the Constitution, it was uncharted territory. By transporting students to that era with original documents, American history teachers can begin to help them understand the incomparable drama of this exhilarating time.
Transform Your Classroom Experience with the Teaching American History American Founding Toolkit
The Teaching American History American Founding Toolkit, centered on original documents, is designed to bring you and your classroom into lively conversation with the Founding Fathers.
- Essential speeches, proclamations, letters, and messages from the era, such as the Declaration of Independence, Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, the Federalist Papers, and Washington’s Inaugural Address.
- Webinars that explore moments and documents in detail, including Washington’s Farewell Address, the Intolerable Acts, and controversies surrounding slavery and religious freedom.
- Huge, interactive online exhibits on The Constitutional Convention, Federalist-Antifederalist Debates, the Ratification of the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
- Part 1: Declaration of Independence through the Federalist Papers, an archived course from our Presidential Academy
- Detailed lesson plans
You can use some or all of these Toolkit resources, tailoring them to your curriculum, schedule, and students’ needs. When you plan a lesson around a Core Document or corresponding resource, you will start to see your students making connections that bring the Colonial era to life.
Accessing the American Founding Toolkit is easy. Just click on the link below and find everything you need to bring the Colonial Era into your classroom today!
SYNOPSIS: Add original documents, speeches, and dynamic lesson plans into your high school American history with this Founding era curriculum.