Free Lesson Plan for History Teachers

June 22, 2009
Free Lesson Plan for History Teachers

El Paso, Texas – For teachers who are anxiously preparing for the first day of class this fall, UTEP’s Center for History Teaching & Learning is here to save the day! The Center has produced an exciting free lesson plan based on JibJab’s new satirical cartoon, He’s Barack Obama (2009). The video presents Obama as a comic book action hero who solves all of the world’s problems, poking fun at both Obama and the hope expressed by his supporters. The lesson plan uses the video to engage students in historical thinking through primary source analysis and interpretation. The lesson is keyed to national and state history standards, but may also be used in economic, government, or language arts curricula.

The Center for History Teaching & Learning is a new part of the University of Texas at El Paso. Operated by the history department, the Center strives to promote scholarly teaching among department faculty, to support teacher education among our students, and to provide professional development opportunities for current teachers. The center hosts an annual summer history seminar, a regular social studies workshop series, and an online clearinghouse of resources for area teachers ( All of the materials are free.


Keith A. Erekson, Director, Center for History Teaching & Learning,

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