How do we do it?

Use the best practices of education today. 

  • Use process-driven, differentiated curriculum for the study of Language Arts and/or Social Studies.
  • Promote learning through the types of activities, or learning processes, that are detailed for the teacher and student. 
  • Engage all types of learners.
  • Use activities that are carefully planned to reach the highest level of learning.
  • Horizontally integrate the material into other courses, or teach it as a separate Local History course.
  • ​Engage Place-Based Education to immerse students in their own local heritage.

Offer inquiry-based activities that challenge students.

  • Independent and collaborative student activities are included.
  • Creativity is encouraged throughout.
  • The integration of subjects is truly seamless.
  • Challenge students to apply, to analyze, to evaluate, and to create. 
  • Guide students to ask their elders, discover local treasures, find resources, and to re-tell the stories of their communities.

Use the extraordinary resources available to all students today.

  • Use the Oklahoma Historical Society’s online encyclopedia.
  • Discover federal and state government websites that are virtual treasure chests waiting to be opened.
  • Ask students to locate and evaluate other resources. 
  • Challenge students and teachers to engage technology without forsaking traditional books and paper resources.

Assess learning in multiple ways – but no tests!

  • Formative and summative assessments evaluate student learning:
    • Narrative, evaluative, informative, and creative writing and speaking
    • Creativity skills
    • Technology applications

THE RESULT:  Local History is a catalyst for curiosity.
Students of Local History want to learn more about the buildings, landmarks, events, and people of their hometowns as they recognize the intrinsic value of their communities. They become advocates for preserving historic places and honoring the people who have built their communities.  Ultimately, they will perpetuate the “institutional memory” of entire communities. This is learning that builds pride in the community and individual self-esteem.  By adding your experience and imagination, we are confident that this content-rich curriculum can be virtually endless in its potential to inspire your students to learn their Local History.

YOU ARE HERE Curriculum

"So why study history? What is the importance of pursuing knowledge framed in historical context?  There is one simple yet durable truth: identity.

 The seminal value in embracing history is the discovery of us.  History is the microscope in the laboratory of human experience.  It helps us understand people and societies and how we as individuals fit into the broad scope of time and place.  Beyond the amassed collection of facts and dates, it traces the arc of humanity across the sky of time."

-- Jay Hannah, “A Funny Thing Happened in Line at the Water Fountain,” 2011