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)

The Treachery of Images,
an Exhibit of Glass Pipes

Opening on Friday, April 7, this new temporary exhibit will showcase works that traditionally have been marginalized as “functional” glass art due to their association with an illicit activity. The “Treachery of Images” Exhibit embraces both the technical and social challenges of this art form by celebrating the unconventional designs and amazing craftsmanship of glass pipemakers. The work shown here, Freija by Banjo and Snic Barnes, is one of dozens of works that will be on display. Click here to learn more.

Transparency,
An LGBT+ Glass Art Exhibition

Opening on Friday, June 2 to coincide with “LGBT Pride Month,” this will be the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBT+ community. It will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these artists. The work shown here by Pearl Dick will be among dozens of works on display. Click here to learn more.

Free Indie Lens Pop-Up Film Festival... RSVP today!

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for FREE film screenings and community-driven conversations. Four films are scheduled for the coming months. After each FREE screening, we will host a thought-provoking panel discussion. Learn more and RSVP Today!

Lectures on Important Foreign Policy Issues

The National Liberty Museum co-sponsors and hosts a series of lectures on important foreign policy issues. Click here to learn about the upcoming event on May 2.

TD Bank Young Heroes Awards... Nominate someone today!

Nominations for our 2017 TD Bank Young Heroes Award are now open. Each year, we look for young people who have championed liberty through civic engagement, resolving conflicts respectfully, promoting diversity, and demonstrating leadership in their school or community. Learn more and submit your nomination today!

NLM's 2017 Glass Auction & Gala

This year’s GLASS AUCTION & GALA will be held Saturday evening, October 7 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA. An outstanding collection of art is being assembled. Sponsorships are available. Our 2017 "Heroes of Liberty" are Stephen & Sandy Sheller. The artist honoree is Pearl Dick from Chicago. Click here for more information.

NLM Travel is headed to Wisconsin

Join the NLM on an arts-filled tour of parts of Wisconsin, Sept. 6-11, 2017. From Milwaukee’s art museums, to private collections, to a stop in beautiful Door County, which juts directly into Lake Michigan, you’ll follow host Arlene Silvers for a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here for more information.