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NEW Grade 3 – 4 Social Studies Resource
Coordinates with new state frameworks: “Our State and Our Town: Yesterday and Today”More than 19,000 kids in 73 towns (and growing) are learning about Connecticut with Where I Live: Connecticut!


8th Grade Social Studies and High School Civics

Annotated Pull-Out Poster in the Fall 2018 Issue
6-part Podcast
Curriculum Units by Civics First

Our first state constitution. Forged in the power struggle between the Standing Order Federalists, who had held power since the beginning of the colony, and the upstart Jeffersonian Republicans who wrested power and immediately called a constitutional convention! Learn how the constitution advanced our state—and where it fell short. A state undergoing great change—a fascinating period in Connecticut history!



Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans
for the State’s New Social Studies Frameworks

(click on the links)


Framework Indicator: Civic and Political institutionsCiv 9-12.2: Analyze the role of citizens in the U.S. political system… with attention to changes in Americans’ participation over time… past and present.

The right to vote is the most elemental right of citizenship. Or is it? Through an examination of who could vote in Connecticut and under what circumstances, with a particular focus on African American and women suffrage, students will learn about the role of voting in building and maintaining a representative democracy, will examine the state of voting rights in the United States today, and answer for themselves “Why should I vote?”


African American Connecticut Explored (Wesleyan University Press, 2014) covers the long arc of African American history in the state and is suitable for use by high school students. It’s available in hardcover and e-book HERE

This inquiry leads students through an investigation of race relations in the United States as they examine the life of Connecticut native Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett. Bassett broke the color barrier when he attended and graduated from Connecticut’s State Normal School (Central Connecticut State University), and was appointed Minister Resident to Haiti by President Grant. Students will also learn about Connecticut’s Rebecca Primus who taught school to newly freed blacks in a rural Maryland village after the Civil War. Adolescents are concerned about issues of equality and justice. This inquiry gives students an entry point into thinking like historians about Reconstruction and its legacy.

GRADE 3 Lesson Plans


Lesson Plans

These are earlier lesson plans that link Connecticut Explored stories to the high school American History curriculum but not necessarily the new frameworks. Still, we hope there’s useful material here that you can adapt while we update our offerings. The plans are designed to make Connecticut Explored (and its predecessor Hog River Journal) easy to use in the classroom as one- or two-day plans and were written by high school history teachers. Links to the plans currently available are listed below:

Civil War Medicine
Progressive Solutions for Connecticut
Ivoryton’s Industrial History
Art School
Mary Townsend Seymour
The Spirits of Reform
Chinese Educational Mission
Red Scare
1918 Influenza Outbreak
Rationing World War II
World War II Waterbury

Teachers, please send us your feedback:

Send us an email at editor@ctexplored.org to add a link or comment on one listed here (was it useful? Is another link or site better?)


Other Connecticut History Resources

National Resources