Educational Resources

The National Liberty Museum has developed curriculum materials for its four tour themes, which all relate to our mission to keep liberty alive and flourishing.  These themes are Appreciating Diversity, Resolving Conflicts Respectfully, Balancing Rights and Responsibilities, and Heroes of Liberty.  The “Special Resources” section relates to special occasions and events.  All of our content is aligned with Pennsylvania and national education standards.  Click on the free lesson plans below to get started.

Introduction to Curriculum

Introduction to the curriculum

You can personalize your students’ learning experience by using our pre- and post-visit lesson plans to emphasize any of our four themes.  Each plan emphasizes our four themes and offers leadership development for students. You can choose lesson plans by theme, by character strength, or by academic content. We recommend doing at least one pre-visit lesson and one post-visit lesson.  If you can do more, the lesson plans can be combined and used as a full unit.  If you have questions about the curriculum or would like to speak with us prior to your tour, email tours@libertymuseum.org

  1. Special Resources
  2. Appreciating Diversity

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    What’s Your Story?: Using Perspective to Understand Others
    Students practice seeing a story from multiple perspectives

    Identity Poem:  Including Everyone’s Voice in the Community
    Using their identity as inspiration, students each contribute a line to a class community poem.

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    The Peace Portal:  Listening with the Goal of Understanding
    Using an abstract painting that is a piece of NLM history, students practice listening with the goal of understanding what another student is describing.
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  The Peace Portal (PowerPoint)

  3. Resolving Conflicts Respectfully

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    The Conflict Resolution Menu: What Are Your Options for Dealing with a Conflict?
    After a fun opening activity using restaurant menus to think about how groups agree and disagree, students practice brainstorming multiple solutions to a conflict.  (Use with post-visit lesson, How Many Sides does a Conflict Have?)
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  Conflict Menu–Restaurant Menus  (PowerPoint)

    Do You See What I’m Saying?:  Using Active Listening to Make Sure You Get the Picture
    Students attempt to draw a picture based on verbal directions and compare the results they get when they listen actively vs. passively.

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    How Many Sides Does a Conflict Have?:  Thinking Through a Real-Life Conflict
    Students practice thinking about a real conflict in their life from the perspective of someone else.  (Use with pre-visit lesson, The Conflict Resolution Menu.)
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  The Simpsons–Chip Thieving Dogs (Video)

  4. Balancing Right with Responsibilities

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Balancing Rights with Responsibilities:  How do they work together?
    Students think critically about their own rights and responsibilities, and examine the relationship between the two.  (Use with post-visit lesson, Your Classroom, Your Rules.)

    Activating Our Everyday Rights:  How Do You Use the First Amendment?
    Students play a game of “Step Up, Step Back,” to explore how they have used their First Amendment rights in daily life.

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Your Classroom, Your Rules:  Thinking Through Your Rights and Responsibilities

    Students think critically about the responsibilities placed on them by their classroom rules, and the rights that are supported when they uphold those responsibilities.  (Use with pre-visit lesson, Balancing Rights with responsibilities.)

  5. Heroes of Liberty

    View Heroes of Liberty

    Pre-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles:  A Hero’s Life Story
    Using Helen Keller’s life as an example, students follow the story of people taking action to support and inspire one another’s goals.
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  1930s TV Footage of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (Video) and Taking Action to Overcome Obstacles (Power Point)

    Post-Visit Free Lesson Plans:
    Investigating Gaps in Liberty: Identifying Issues and Getting the Facts Before Taking Action
    Through the true story of a man wrongly convicted of murder, and his sister’s struggle to free him, students take a closer look at the concept of ‘gaps in liberty’ and practice identifying real-life examples.
    Additional Free Educational Resources:  Conviction: Official Movie Trailer (Video)

Now accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher as Hero Awards

This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone today

A Book Chat on the 2018
featured book, Another Brooklyn

Through the lens of civic engagement, the program director of One Book, One Philadelphia will lead a book chat on Another Brooklyn, connecting the novel to America’s heritage of freedom and finding one’s own voice in our country’s story.
Learn more and register to join us.

Awards of Valor

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Learn more

Lecture by the Foreign Policy Research Institute

In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.