BackStory Classroom Connections

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Our BackStory podcast uses current events in America to take a deep dive into our past. Hosted by noted U.S. historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject – giving you all sides to the story and then some.

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, more than a dozen BackStory episodes include lesson plans, handouts, and more resources for teachers.

Encyclopedia Virginia

Our Encyclopedia Virginia includes more than 1,000 entries about Virginia’s history accompanied by primary documents and media objects, including images, audio and video clips, and links to Google Street View tours of historic sites. It’s a great resource for teachers to use in the classroom or in preparing their lessons. 

Review Entries by Virginia Standards of Learning

Unmasking Cville

#UnmaskingCville community partner Virginia Education Association provided resources for teachers and parents including tips on recognizing and correcting bias in the classroom, and steps to help educators connect with all students, no matter their background.

Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America

Harvest of Empire is a documentary film that provides a rare and powerful glimpse into the enormous sacrifices and rarely-noted triumphs of our nation’s growing Latino community. The film features present day immigrant stories, rarely seen archival material, as well as interviews with such respected figures as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz, Mexican historian Dr. Lorenzo Meyer, journalists María Hinojosa and Geraldo Rivera, Grammy award-winning singer Luis Enrique, and poet Martín Espada.

With Good Reason – Voices of Vietnam

In an eight-part special series, our With Good Reason radio program explored the unresolved tensions in our understanding of the Vietnam War and the perspectives and people it forever changed. Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, each episode includes lesson plans and other resources to help teach students about the Vietnam War.