Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up to access Voices of History lesson content?
We’ve made it easy by offering you multiple ways to access the curricula in Voices of History! You can register or sign in on any lesson page and at https://voicesofhistory.org/sign-in. Choose from the following options:
Use an Existing Bill of Rights Institute Account
If you already have an account with another Bill of Rights Institute site (such as Documents of Freedom), you can simply enter your existing email and password and you will gain immediate access to all of the content in Voices of History.
Use an Existing Social Account (Amazon, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Microsoft)
If you’d prefer to use an account you already have with another major website, click the “Login with” button for the account you wish to use. From there, you’ll be able to enter your existing account credentials to register. Check your inbox for a verification email and click the verification link to activate your account for Voices of History.
Create a New Account
Click the “Sign Up” button underneath the “Access” button (see image below). Enter the email address and password you’d like to use for your account and click “Sign Up.” Check your inbox for a verification email and click the verification link to activate your account for Voices of History.
Is Voices of History always going to be free?
Yes! Voices of History is a free teacher resource. You are welcome to use and share these materials and they will always be free!
Where can my students log in?
Voices of History is designed to be a complete and free resource for educators. To make this tool as useful as possible for teachers, we have designed it without a student component. However, the Handout and Resource PDFs associated with each lesson can be easily shared via email and other social media. Sharing any of them generates a public link so that anyone (including your students) can click to view the PDF.
Where is my favorite BRI textbook?
We chose six of our most popular books to launch with for Voices of History. In September 2015, we added two books, Liberty and Security in Modern Times and Religious Liberty: An American Experiment. In September 2016, we added two more books, The First Branch: Congress and the Constitution and Immigration and Citizenship in America. In early 2017, we added The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era as well as 10 additional lessons to Heroes and Villains. In September 2017, we launched our American Portraits series comprised of 139 lessons in collaboration with our partners at the Character Formation Project.
How do I find a specific lesson or topic?
Voices of History has been designed so that you can find the lessons you need quickly and easily! There are several ways you can search for the lessons you need:
Direct Input: Type in exactly what you’re looking for into the search bar at the top of the page and search through all of the curricula on Voices of History.
Filter Results: Still can’t find what you want? You can use our pre-determined search filters to sort through all of our lessons! Simply scroll to the top of the search results page or click on the orange magnifying glass in the upper right corner. Then click on “Filter Results” to show all of our filters.
Founding Principles: Filter results based on which the Founding Principles you are teaching.
Topics: Filter results based on various topics that are commonly taught and found in our curricula.
Historical Era: Filter results based on what time period or historical era you are teaching.
Titles: Search for results within a specific Bill of Rights Institute curricula.
Combine them: Combine the various filters to find the specific lesson for your class!
What grade level is Bill of Rights Institute curricula intended for?
Our curricula is primarily for students in the middle/high school levels. Here is a list of the intended audience for each curriculum:
Being an American – Middle/High School
Being an American: English Language Learners (ELL) – Middle/High School
Founders and the Constitution – High School
Heroes and Villains – Middle/High School
Preserving the Bill of Rights – Middle/High School
Supreme Court Document Based Questions – High School
Liberty and Security in Modern Times – High School
Religious Liberty: An American Experiment – High School
The First Branch: Congress and the Constitution – High School
Immigration and Citizenship in America – High School
The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era – High School
American Portraits – High School
What do the icons represent on the thumbnails for the lessons in the Search Results and for the Handout/Resource PDF lists?
Here is a helpful guide to the various icons associated with the lessons on Voices of History.
Who wrote these materials?
All of our materials are written for teachers by teachers. Each of our curricula also goes through a rigorous scholarly review process and is updated based on feedback from teachers and students to ensure we are producing curricula that is both effective and interesting.
Do you offer professional development?
Yes! The Bill of Rights Institute offers an array of day-long and week-long seminars on various topics. To get more information about our upcoming seminars, please click here.
Will there be more resources in the future?
Yes! As the Bill of Rights Institute continues to produce more curricula, we will update Voices of History, adding new resources.