Intersections and Connections Instructional Resources

All teacher’s guides, interactive student guides, and analysis tools are offered as both digital flipbooks and downloadable, writable PDFs. 


Thematic Units for Grades 1-6

All illustrated stories are unique to History UnErased

Leaders in History and the Community (Grade 1)

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story about leaders in history and everyday life that reflect various identities. This resource includes a mapping activity, adjective adventure, and engaging materials that analyze the qualities of a good leader. 

Symbols and Flags (Grade 2)

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story about signs and symbols of local, state, and national groups. Students engage with ideas about what it means to be a part of a group, as well as their unifying symbols, songs, and phrases. 

Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States (Grade 3)

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story about recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and includes scientists, authors, performers, politicians, civil rights icons, and athletes. These short, age-appropriate biographies contextualize various identities within the ideals of American democracy and heroic endeavors. 

From Farmer to Soldier (Grade 4)

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story about Sarah Rosetta Wakeman who fought in the Civil War as a Union Army soldier using the name Lyons Wakeman. The discussion questions explore ideas about gender roles and how these ideas have changed over time. Skills-based activities include vocabulary practice, map reading, and applying information in a text to make inferences in "What's My Secret?" interactive game.

Pauli Murray (Grade 5)

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story about Pauli Murray’s hidden contributions to the NAACP’s legal strategy in Brown v. Board of Education and Harvard University's refusal to admit Murray on the basis of Murray's presumed gender. Discussion questions explore Murray's idea of Jane Crow and intersecting identities.

The Hundred in the Hand (Grade 5)

Through the lens of the 1866 Battle of the Hundred-in-the-Hands (aka the Fetterman Fight or Fetterman Massacre), this unit is anchored in an illustrated story that introduces the role of the winkte in Lakota Native American society. Discussion questions explore how history is shared and told from different perspectives and include extended reading activities. 

Sylvia Rivera: Stonewall Street Fighter and Activist (Grade 6)

This unit is anchored in an illustrated story, told in Sylvia’ Rivera’s own words, that introduces Rivera's activism within various liberation movements, the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots as a significant part of American history, and the role of historical myths using the “What’s the Myth?” interactive game.

Thematic Units for Grades 8-12

Complementing instructional materials may include videos, instructional posters, and/or podcasts. 

Rolón v. Kulwitzky

Analysis of how individuals and groups challenge discriminatory laws, policies, and cultural practices through the American legal system and evaluate the use and effectiveness of nonviolence as a form of protest. 

Jamestown 1629

Analysis of how gender roles and gender identity differed among indigenous peoples and European colonists and how these concepts of gender influenced colonial social structure and labor systems. 

Bayard Rustin (English y Español)

Analysis of Bayard Rustin's influence on Dr. King and American civil rights, the intersecting goals of various liberation movements, and possible motivations to omit individuals and/or events from the public record. 

Jim Crow and a Charleston Legend 

Analysis of the media's influence on cultural perspectives of race and gender, as well as the influence of cultural perspectives of race and gender on the media. 

Progress and Backlash

Analysis of how LGBTQ individuals serving in the United States military during WWII established a movement that still impacts American society today. 

What Is Speech? 

Analysis of how a court case advances to the Supreme Court, the procedures and protocols of the Supreme Court, and an exploration of the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, compelled speech doctrine, and the concept of compelling state (government) interest. 

Case Studies in LGBTQ History for Grades 6-12

These case studies were developed with funding support from the New York City Council Committee on Education. Eight case studies include complementing Give Voice to History Project podcasts produced by Making Gay History--The Podcast and are unique to History UnErased.

The Changing World of Magnus Hirschfeld

Analysis of the evolving social and political conditions in Germany that influenced Magnus Hirschfeld’s scientific work. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, podcast, and Magnus Hirschfeld “From Science Toward Justice” instructional poster.

Thomas/Thomasine Hall

Analysis of the influence of gender concepts, gender roles, and gender identity in colonial social structures and labor systems. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, and Hidden Identities instructional poster.

Boston Marriages in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

Analysis of the influence of the domestic partnerships, or Boston marriages, on the reform efforts of Jane Addams and other notable reformers in the late 19th and early 20th century. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, and Suffragists and Reformers instructional poster.

Harlem Renaissance through an LGBTQ Lens

Analysis of the integration of LGBTQ culture within African American culture during the Harlem Renaissance. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, and Harlem Renaissance through an LGBTQ Lens instructional poster.

WWII and LGBTQ Rights

Analysis of the intersections of the war effort, discrimination, and the formation of an active community for LGBTQ people. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide and interactive student guide.

The Intersecting Identities of Ernestine Eckstein

Analysis of the impact of concepts of identity on an individual’s activism. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, podcast, and Identity and LGBTQ Activism instructional poster.

Bayard Rustin (English y Español)

Analysis of Bayard Rustin’s role and impact on the American civil rights movement. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, podcast, and Bayard Rustin instructional poster.

Jeanne Manford

Analysis of how one individual can bring about change in American society. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, podcast, and Jeanne Manford Founder of PFLAG instructional poster.

OUT with HIV/AIDS

Analysis of how social, cultural, and economic influences shape the government's response to the spread of infectious disease. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide, interactive student guide, podcast, and OUT with HIV/AIDS instructional poster.

Workplace Equality

Analysis of how workplace equality impacts and affects business. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide and interactive student guide.

North Carolina's Bathroom Bill -- Economic Impact of Discrimination

Analysis of what factors contribute to economic policy decisions. Digital materials include the teacher’s guide and interactive student guide.

Analysis Tools and Cognitive Organizers for Grades 3-12

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. This resource includes Alés’s video introduction to students in both English y Español and an interactive student guide.

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. 

Social Identities Cognitive Organizer (English y Español)

This chart organizes the social identities of an individual in history framed within dominant versus subordinate categories. This resource includes background information on intersectional identities and 10 identity group prompts.

Actions and Outcomes Cognitive Organizer (English y Español)

This simple chart organizes actions taken by a person or group and the outcome(s) of this action.

Analyze a Give Voice to History Project Podcast (English y Español)

Question prompts for before, during, and after listening to the podcast.

Analyze a Poster (English y Español)

Analysis of various methods to convey meaning through a visual representation of historical content.

Additional Resources

LGBTQ Primary Sources

Links to digital primary sources and collections from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Park Service, and the New York Public Library.

LGBTQ-inclusive Book Titles

Booklists for elementary, middle, and high school grades with links to preview each book.

Stonewall UpRising

This instructional resource includes two short films by Lilli Vincenz that juxtapose pre and post-Stonewall demonstration strategies, the Stonewall National Historic Landmark Nomination, our Give Voice to History Project podcast featuring Sylvia Rivera, and analysis tools to synthesize the Stonewall uprising as a significant event in American history.

Lawrence v. Texas (2003) Dramatic Reading (Grades 11+)

This instructional resource is designed to develop a deeper understanding of United States LGBTQ history through a legal and cultural lens and includes an overview of Supreme Court cases related to LGBTQ rights, key concepts in Lawrence v. Texas, and background information. 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.