Curriculum Highlights

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60+ standard curriculum content connections with 150+ primary source-based teaching materials!

Our curriculum ranges from the 17th century through the 21st century with 150+ primary source-based digital, multimedia, and interactive teaching materials: thematic units, case studies, videos, podcasts, dramatic readings, skills-based activities, interactive games, world history case studies, additional digital LGBTQ primary source content, book lists, and more! 


Sample Elementary Curriculum: Presidential Medal of Freedom 

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story about recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. These short biographies contextualize various identities within the ideals of American democracy and heroic endeavors. The interactive game, "Who Am I?" reinforces learning from the story and provides opportunities for extended learning about each recipient.


Sample Middle School Curriculum: The Hundred in the Hand

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story that expands students' learning about westward expansion to include the perspective of Lakota Native American society and the role of the winkte. This unit includes integrated literacy approaches and extended learning opportunities, including geography and map reading.



Pauli Murray Overcoming Jane Crow

Sample High School Curriculum: Pauli Murray and Overcoming Jane Crow

This unit introduces Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray’s lasting legacy in the Women's rights movement and an analysis of their concept of Jane Crow, a term Murray coined to describe the intersections of gender and race-based discrimination. The intro video and primary sources contextualize LGBTQ history within various liberation movements. Listen to our UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities podcast episodes about Pauli Murray: Part 1 & Part 2


Examples of Intersections & Connections Complementing Content


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LGBTQ-inclusive Book Titles

Recommended book titles for elementary, middle, and high school grades with links to preview the books. Our lists are updated often to stay current on recently published works that fit our criteria for content and quality.


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Instructional Posters

Each curriculum unit includes an instructional poster as a jpeg file for digital classroom display and print-ready PDF files with bleeds for professional printing and permanent classroom display. Some posters are offered in Spanish and one in Mandarin.


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Lawrence v. Texas (2003) Dramatic Reading (Grade 12)

This unit is designed to develop a deeper understanding of United States LGBTQ history through a legal and cultural lens. The dramatic reading script is an abridged transcript of the oral arguments and includes an added narrator for historical reference and legal clarifications. Also included is an audio introduction by Paul Smith, lead attorney for the petitioners in Lawrence v. Texas, from a 2016 interview with History UnErased.


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LGBTQ Primary Sources

This document includes links to digital LGBTQ primary sources and primary source collections from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Park Service, the New York Public Library, and more.



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Building a Nation Visual Analysis (English y Español)

This visual analysis process uses the painting Building a Nation by artist Angela Alés to see a more diverse and inclusive story of America. Alés’s video introduction to students, in both English y Español, introduces her creative process as well as a framework for students to connect their understanding of US history to their own lives and identities.


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Lenses of Analysis Guide (English y Español)

This analysis tool broadens students’ perspectives and understanding of history by looking at primary sources through various lenses of understanding. The interactive student guide includes prompts for what to consider for each lens, a research guide, and a scaffolded approach to compose the analysis.


Additional analysis tools and cognitive organizers are all offered in both English y Español and are agnostic and can be used across grade levels.


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UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities: A Podcast for Teachers

For educators who want to create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms, getting started can be confusing--and quite often prompts some fear. What if I say the wrong thing? What if there is pushback? And where do I even begin? This podcast provides real-world advice and reasonable, practical strategies on how you can create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms. Click the logo to listen or find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or iHeartRadio.

This podcast series is funded by the New York City Council and produced by History UnErased in partnership with Making Gay History.