Intersections and Connections Instructional Resources

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All teacher’s guides, interactive student guides, and analysis tools are offered as both digital flipbooks and downloadable, writable PDFs. Complementing materials may include videos, instructional posters, podcasts, and/or interactive games and skills-based activities.


An overview of the interactive features and functionality of our digital platform is below the list of instructional resources.

Thematic Units for Grades 1-5

These units are anchored in illustrated stories based on primary sources and include integrated literacy approaches, skills-based activities, interactive games, and more! 

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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 the diversity of people in America. This resource includes a mapping activity, adjective adventure, and engaging materials that analyze the qualities of a good leader. 

 

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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. The interactive game prompts students to make connections between symbols and ideas. 

 

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Presidential Medal of Freedom (Grade 3)

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 and provides opportunities for extended learning about each individual featured in this resource.

 

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From Farmer to Soldier (Grade 4 en English y Español)

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. Skills-based activities include applying the information in a text to make inferences in the "What's My Secret?" interactive game.

 

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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.

 

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The Hundred in the Hand (Grade 5)

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

 


Thematic Units for Grades 6-12

These units are anchored in primary source analysis and include integrated literacy approaches, skills-based activities, scaffolded supports with answer keys, and more!

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Sylvia Rivera: Stonewall Street Fighter and Activist (English y Español)

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.

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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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 for Grades 6-12

These case studies were developed with funding support from the New York City Council Committee on Education. 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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OUT with HIV/AIDS (English y Español)

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.

 

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Workplace Equality

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

 

 

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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.

 

Additional Resources

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UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities: A Podcast for Teachers

In this podcast, K-12 teachers and administrators share their experiences creating LGBTQ-inclusive learning spaces, and they’ll offer real-world insights and practical strategies to guide you. This History UnErased podcast series is funded by the New York City Council Committee on Education and produced by History UnErased in partnership with Making Gay History's Inge De Taeye, Nahanni Rous, and Eric Marcus. Click the logo to listen to our pilot series!

 

 

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Instructional Posters

Most thematic units and case studies include an instructional poster as a jpeg file for digital classroom display. Also included is a separate resource with all instructional posters offered as 24" x 36" or 36" x 24" print-ready PDF files with bleeds for professional printing and permanent classroom display. (18 posters in total)

 

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Stonewall UpRising

This instructional resource includes a variety of primary sources to appreciate the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots and subsequent uprising as a significant part of the unfolding story of America, as well as Stonewall's lasting--and evolving--influence on today's world. The primary source materials include text, video, podcast, and our interactive activity, Stonewall UpRising: Through the Decades, which highlights the targeted areas of activism to secure extensions of liberty for LGBTQ people.  

 

 

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Lawrence v. Texas (2003) Dramatic Reading 

This instructional resource 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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LGBTQ-inclusive Book Titles

Booklists for elementary, middle, and high school grades with links to preview the books. 

 


Analysis Tools and Cognitive Organizers 

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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. This resource includes Alés’s video introduction to students, in both English y Español, a high-resolution jpeg file of the painting, and an interactive student guide in English y Español.

 

 

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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, offered in both English y Español, are agnostic and can be used across grade levels: Social Identities Cognitive Organizer, Actions and Outcomes Cognitive Organizer, and Analyze a History UnErased Poster. 


FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY OF OUR LEARN.UNERASED.ORG DIGITAL PLATFORM

The library of resources can be filtered for the elementary level and secondary level with additional filters for thematic units, case studies, analysis tools, recursos en Español, and additional resources to create LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms. Each instructional resource has a link to the right of its description to open the instructional resource page.

 

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All thematic units and case studies include teacher's guides and interactive student guides presented as both digital flipbooks and downloadable, writable PDFs. Additional complementing materials may include instructional posters, videos, podcasts, and/or interactive games. All cognitive organizers and analysis tools are offered in both English y Español.

 

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Each instructional resource includes a variety of materials for teachers and students. To share the student materials, simply click the "Get student link" button located below the banner image on each instructional resource page (reference previous image) and a unique URL will be automatically generated. Simply share the link with students (e.g. chatbox, email, Google classroom). When students open the link, they will only see the materials designated for them. 

The images below show the teacher's view and the student's view of the Pauli Murray instructional resource page.

 

TEACHER VIEW

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STUDENT VIEW

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When viewing the digital flipbooks, there are features to enlarge the content, enter full screen, enable a sidebar preview of upcoming content, and a button to download the material as a writable PDF. A recent update to the platform improved the rendering speed for a super-quick transition from page to page. 

The images below show the first two pages of the Pauli Murray Teacher's Guide flipbook and pages from the illustrated story in the Pauli Murray Interactive Student Guide. (This thematic unit is targeted for grade 5.)

 

TEACHER VIEW

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STUDENT VIEW

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Watch the video introduction to Pauli's Bet Illustrated Story