YOU ARE HERE Curriculum

Kathryn J. Shurden, Author

Mandy D. Brumley, Editor

© 2014

Student Guide ISBN 978-0-9907010-2-6

47 pages, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Paperback $54

Teacher's Guide ISBN 978-0-9907010-1-9

107 pages, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"

Paperback or pdf $74 (Teacher's Guide is free with purchase of 18 ​Student Guides)

Oklahoma State Department of Education COURSE CODE # 5792 Local History


     In Modern Local History, students examine the people and events that have formed and transformed the local community beginning with the inhabitants of the area at the time of the Louisiana Purchase and continuing to the present. Students employ research literacy, and social studies process skills. Students examine the economic, cultural, and political development of local communities, and they examine the strengths of the community today.

SUBJECT: Local History in Oklahoma

Now Adopted by the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee

Every Place Has a Story: Student and Teacher's Guides

for Teaching and Learning Local History in Oklahoma

     "Local" can be defined as a geographic region within the state, or within political boundaries, like city, county, or tribal boundaries. The study of Local History position us to gain perspective and evaluate our own relevance in the larger settings of state, national and world history.


     Every Place Has a Story ​will guide you on a journey to learn your own local history and better understand state history, national history, and world history. The Student and Teacher's Guides support a one-semester course. This process-driven, differentiated curriculum for High School Language Arts and Social Studies promotes learning through the types of activities, or learning processes, that are detailed for the teacher and student.

     The inquiry-based activities challenge students to apply, to analyze, to evaluate, and to create. Challenge students to ask their elders, to discover local treasures, to find resources, and to re-tell the stories of their own communities. Lead students to extraordinary resources that are just waiting to be used. Help them discover The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture and the many federal and state government websites that are virtual treasure chests waiting to be opened and used in this way. Challenge students and teachers to engage technology, or use traditional books and paper resources.

Assess learning with writing, speaking, and creative skills, not just memorizing test answers. Twelve activity units use formative assessments. The Portfolio is a summative assessment for the course.

​This is Place-Based Education that immerses students in their own local heritage. This is learning that builds pride in the community and individual self-esteem!