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people's history of the u.s.Teaching Outside the Textbook
Free Classroom Sets of A People's History of the United States to 20 Teachers

March 2010

The Zinn Education Project is giving away classroom sets (25 books per set) of Howard Zinn's best-seller, A People's History of the United States, to 20 teachers who submit stories about how they teach a people's history in the classroom. A total of 500 books to be given away! Books have been donated by HarperCollins.

We have provided some questions to help elicit the reason, use, and impact of your teaching a people's history story.  We are looking for stories ranging from 2-4 pages in length.
Deadline is Monday, April 26.
We are looking for narrative responses. These are suggested, not required, questions to address.


When did you first start using A People's History of the United States and/or the Zinn Education Project materials in the classroom? Why?

List the excerpt(s) from A People's History of the United States and/or the Zinn Education Project teaching activity that you used. Describe the class you used it in and why you selected it. If you used an excerpt from A People's History of the United States, how did you use it? If you used a Zinn Education Project teaching activity, did you modify it? If so, how?

What impact did using an excerpt or teaching activity have on students? What comments did they make, what insights did they gain, what questions did they have? Student quotes are encouraged. Did you face any pushback or criticism using these materials? Did this impact your use of the book or teaching activities?

Submission Details
Send story submissions by Monday, April 26, to:
[email protected].
Please include your:
  • Name
  • City and State
  • Email Address
  • Subject and Grade

Remember, there are 20 opportunities to get a classroom set of A People's History of the United States!

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If more than 20 stories are submitted, we will randomly select the 20 teachers to receive the class sets.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to bring a people's history into the classroom.


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The Zinn Education Project's goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula.

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