Lesson Plans

These outlines were developed as one-day lessons for use by secondary instructors and university professors. They may be appropriate for AP U.S. History and college-level U.S. history surveys and religious history courses and can be adapted to fit the needs of different classes. These lesson plans place the content of the Joseph Smith Papers in a broader social and historical context, focused around a particular topic such as Euro-American relations with Indians or religious revivalism in the early nineteenth century. These lesson plans are centered on historical documents and may be especially useful for introducing students to reading and analyzing primary sources. If you have questions or suggestions about these lesson plans, please contact us.

The Book of Mormon and the Growth of Printing in America

Nineteenth-Century Banking and the Financial Panic of 1837

Joseph Smith’s Early Visions and Frontier Revivalism

Mormons and Indians in Frontier America