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Materials for Teachers

It Happened Here: New Jersey
New Jersey proudly celebrated its 350th anniversary throughout 2014. To ensure the commemoration’s legacy lived on for years to come, the New Jersey Historical Commission, along with its partners in education and media, joined forces to create “It Happened Here: New Jersey”* – an invaluable educational resource and accompanying video series.

From the innovations of Edison to the historic Revolutionary War victories of General George Washington and the Continental Army to trailblazers such as Paul Robeson and Alice Paul and so much more, the lessons are conveniently aimed at a diverse student population ranging from elementary to high school. Better yet, the educational resources have been meticulously constructed to meet the latest statewide curriculum standards.

Educational Resources
Video Archive
Series Credits

* “It Happened Here: New Jersey” was made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities
New Jersey History Kids
An interactive, multimedia website for students in grades K-4, incorporating the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

NJ History Kids Website
Electronic New Jersey
Beginning in February 2011, the former Electronic New Jersey website is now the centerpiece of the New Jersey Digital Highway's Educators Portal. Containing 23 curriculum units about New Jersey history and its relationship to major themes in U. S. And global history, Electronic New Jersey provides students and teachs with access to content, instructional activities and assessments using source materials drawn primarily from the Rutgers University special collections and university archives, along with other New Jersey repositories and containing links to selected high quality online learning sites, such as the National Archives and the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.

Electronic New Jersey
Around and About New Jersey
These teacher's guides were produced in connection with the Around and About New Jersey television series, eight, fifteen minutes programs, intended for elementary school students. However, they can be used independently from the television programs. Each guide contains a summary of the topic, suggested lessons and activities, primary source documents, maps, and illustrations.

Teacher Guides
New Jersey Legacy
The following teacher's guides were produced in connection with the New Jersey Legacy televisions series, which traces the history of New Jersey from 1609 to the present. However, they can be used independently from the television programs. The guides are intended for middle and high school students. Each guide contains a summary of the topic, suggested lessons and activities, primary source documents, maps, and illustrations.

New Jersey Legacy Teacher's Guides
New Jersey History Partnership Project
The following interactive, multimedia website was produced by the New Jersey History Partnership Project, a collaboration of the Montville Township School District, Kean University, and the New Jersey Historical Commission.  Funded by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of  Education, it is intended for middle and high school students.  The website contains topic summaries, suggested lessons and activies, bibliographies, primary source documents, maps, and illustrations on three units: the American Revolution, the Market Revolution, and the Progressive Era.

New Jersey History Partnership Project
A Topical Guide to Materials for Teaching New Jersey History
The following guide begins with an brief essay by David Steven Cohen on Why Teach New Jersey History.  The guide itself is divided into two parts.  Part I is organized by topics and includes materials suitable for use in kindergarten through fourth grade.  Part II is organized chronologically and by topic.  Each topic is subdivided into two sections: (a) materials suitable for use in grades 5 though 8 and (b) materials suitable for use in grades 9 through 12.

Topical Guide