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Historical Investigations Portal

The Historical Investigations Portal (HIP) is our online curriculum, offering interactive lesson plans that allow students to analyze and synthesize multiple primary source documents, images, and objects to draw evidence-based conclusions about compelling historical questions.

The Maryland Center for History and Culture partners with CourseArc, a local leader in e-learning, to provide HIP to educators. Districts, individual schools, or teachers can link HIP lessons directly through their Learning Management Systems (LMS) or other digital resource platforms. Public access links are also available for those that do not operate with an LMS.

Upper elementary (grades 4-5) and middle to high school (grades 8-12) courses are available. All lessons address topics in Maryland and U.S. history, while building essential reading, writing, and thinking skills.

Contact Katie Brown, Digital Projects Specialist, at kbrown@mdhistory.org, for teacher resource packets (including lesson answer keys, primary sources, and lesson standards) for the lessons available below, or for more information to get your classroom, school, or district set up with HIP.

Upper Elementary Course (Grades 4-5)

Maryland State Curriculum for fourth and fifth grade levels requires students to examine how individuals and societies have changed over time in Maryland, the United States, and the world. Classes also investigate how geography, civics, and economics impacted these developments, from the pre-colonial period to the American Civil War.


Available Lessons

Middle and High School Course (Grades 8-12)


Available Lessons

Please Note

Educators within Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Harford County, Howard County, and St. Mary’s County Public Schools are able to access HIP through their learning management systems. Please contact your county or school’s Social Studies Coordinator/IT Specialist for more information.


Have a Question?

Call 410-685-3750, ext. 378, or email kbrown@mdhistory.org.


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