Teaching Literacy through History

Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH)™ is an interdisciplinary professional development program that uses primary documents and historical texts to improve K–12 education.

Gilder Lehrman’s Master Teacher Fellows work with teachers and educators to improve content knowledge, align curriculum with their state’s core history, civics, and English language arts standards, including but not limited to Common Core initiatives, and introduce skills that can be brought back to the classroom, library, or museum—any institution looking to inspire more knowledgeable, focused, and engaged students.

Customized Professional Development

Each Teaching Literacy through History program is customized to meet the needs of the participating school, district, or state. A suite of program options are available, ranging from multi-year partnerships to one-day workshops. TLTH trainings and follow-up sessions can be delivered on-site or online. 

Popular program options to select, combine, and adapt include:


K–12 educators in the Teaching Literacy through History (TLTH) program learn how to:

  • Create individual units, lesson plans, and curriculum tied to individual state standards.
  • Improve students’ critical thinking, close reading, and analytical writing skills through the use of historical texts and primary documents.
  • Employ a range of document-based teaching methods and classroom teaching techniques that Gilder Lehrman has refined over twenty years.
  • Become “teacher leaders” capable of using Teaching Literacy through History techniques to further professional development within their school. 

Questions? Contact us at tlth@gilderlehrman.org to find out more about Gilder Lehrman’s professional development programs.