A curated collection of some of our favorite lesson plans, featuring tools from WorldStrides’ rich network of partners as well as the great work of teachers who believe – as we do – that the world is your classroom.



Constitutional Character: Who was James Madison?

This lesson plan approaches the study of Madison the great historical figure through a popular technique for literary character study: the social media profile. Using historical evidence to create a social media profile for Madison invites students to take a closer, more intimate look at the mind and character of the man that made such an impact on our constitution and the history of our country.

Varying Perspectives and Ranges of Responses to the Holocaust

This lesson plan relies on resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and allows students to consider various perspectives of the time and work with materials that informed different groups about the pressing issues of the day. This study of the Holocaust illustrates the very real motivations and pressures that led ordinary people to act/not act in response to the events around them.

Remembering Lincoln: Primary Sources Discovery Lesson Plan and Guide

This lesson plan invites students to explore primary sources about Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, from a serious analytical perspective while simultaneously incorporating elements of discovery and choice.

Lincoln’s Words Live On

By exploring text’s available on fords.org, the website for our partners at Ford’s Theater, this lesson plan is designed to reveal to students that the words and concepts spoken by President Lincoln are still meaningful and relevant today.

Lessons from Lincoln’s Leadership

Students will use independently-selected research to explore, dissect, and reassemble their understanding of Abram Lincoln’s legacy in this lesson plan. Ask them to consider how and why his legacy is important and useful to them as young citizens today and future leaders in a modern American democracy.

Says who? Points of view from the 1860s!

Using resources from Ford’s Theater, this lesson plan is designed to invite students to explore materials related to President Lincoln, the Civil War, and several of the many viewpoints of the 1860s. Students will consider various perspectives of the time and work with materials that informed different groups about the pressing issues of the day.

An Exquisitely Evil Analysis: Unlocking Secrets at the International Spy Museum

Drawing on themes from the International Spy Museum exhibit “Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villians,” this lesson plan asks students to flex developing research skills to explore how villainy can reveal important lessons about history and pop culture. Confronting the fears of past generations and reasons behind those fears enable students to develop and retain knowledge about key historical time periods in context by giving each period an unforgettable “face of evil.”

Mind Your Own Business: Spy Museum Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores how codes and cyphers can be used to convey messages discretely, challenging students to rethink communication and to be particularly intentional in maintaining their privacy in this modern era.

Annotated Photo Journal - A Lesson Plan

This project-based lesson plan helps students generate meaning from photographers and use photographs with annotation to present their own perspective. It's valuable for students who are or are not traveling.

Chicken: Not Just A Nugget

Our post-trip lesson plan contest finalist was co-submitted by Michelle Myers, Mimma-Marie Cammarata, and Sharon Galt. This lesson plan is designed for Foreign Language classes that have returned from an international Perspectives program.

Teaching Media Literacy

Lesson plan contest potpourri finalist, Amy Ripperger shares her lesson plan Teaching Media Literacy. It is designed to teach students to know where to turn for accurate information that paints the whole picture.

John Adams Memorial

Lesson plan contest finalist, Steve Heiniger shares his History lesson about the John Adams Memorial. Students are provided practice in thinking and research skills by learning to use the media center, primary documents, and community resources such as historic sites and buildings to identify, evaluate and use appropriate data and reference information.

Cuba: De gustos y sabores

The lesson plan contest honorable mention goes to Gina Stackhouse. Her Spanish lesson plan, Cuba: De gustos y sabores" is geared to engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Biotechnologist: Genetically Modified Crops

The lesson plan contest honorable mention is Randy Paradise. His lesson plan, Biotechnologist: Genetically Modified Crops is designed for 8th-grade Biology students to emphasize the importance of the economy and society. As the population of the Earth continues to increase, the need for more food will continue to grow. It is expected that the Earth’s population will increase by almost 2 billion people in 2050. Many people are concerned about how these 9 billion people will be fed.