Education Outreach: Classroom Resources

The resources collected here may be useful to educators and students exploring Tennessee history, American history, and the use of primary sources in the classroom. We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in your classroom! Contact us for more information!


Activity Bank


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The development of this Activity Bank is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at https://www.archives/gov/nhprc

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Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans provide activities linking a specific children's or young adult book to the primary sources in our collection at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Fever 1793 (5th, 8th)


 Tennessee Electronic Library

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a collection of 40+ databases that provide access to over 400,000 magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more! TEL is available free of charge to any Tennessee resident and is accessible 24/7 from any computer with access to the internet.

TSLA Photograph Database

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is home to hundreds of thousands of photographs and images that depict the rich and diverse history of Tennessee, including historic events, houses, buildings, and prominent individuals. Although the present database provides access to a growing number of digitized images, only a fraction of the entire TSLA collection is available online.

Chronicling America

This cooperative project with the Library of Congress provides Tennessee newspapers from the TSLA holdings in searchable digital format.