In 2014, Tennessee implemented new academic standards for social studies.  The standards added a great deal of Tennessee history to the curriculum.  In 2015, Tennesee introduced the two-part TN Ready Assessment which tests student knowledge through both  wriing and multiple choice tests.  The Teach Tennessee History website is designed to assist teachers in sucessfully implementing the new standards by providing them with primary sources, short content essays, lesson plans and actvities and links to other websites of interest.  To further assist teachers in preparing students to write like hisotrians, a series of examplar lessons have been created.  Each lesson has two parts.  The first is a formal lesson plan of the type you might find on any number of websites.  The second is a lesson design plan.  In the lesson design, a master teacher describes the process of planning a lesson with primary sources from choosing a standard to assessing student work.  It is hoped that the lesson designs will assist other teachers in successfully utilizing the vast array of resources on the site.

4th Grade

Lesson Design: Life on the Tennessee Frontier

Lesson Plan: Life on the Tennessee Frontier

5th Grade

Lesson Design: Divided Loyalities: Tennessee in the Civil War

Lesson Plan: Divided Loyalities: Tennessee in the Civil War

8th Grade

Lesson Design:Conflict and Cooperation: The Cherokee and Early Settlers in Tennessee

Lesson Plan: Conflict and Cooperation: The Cherokee and Early Settlers in Tennessee

11th Grade

Lesson Design: Changing Times: TVA and Tennessee

Lesson Plan: Changing Times: TVA and Tennessee