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You can download a SAMPLE of the Teacher’s Guide for Teaching Local History in Oklahoma here
The complete 107 page Guide has 13 units and includes all of the materials in the Student Guide, as well as lesson plan information, example answers, assessment rubrics, and resources for teachers.  This SAMPLE shows a partial Table of Contents, some of the Local History Student Learning Objectives, and some of the book contents.  The SAMPLE also includes the Bibliography of additional resources and the complete Index.

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Every Place Has a Story 

A Guide for Teaching Local History in Oklahoma

  • 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.

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!

Address many different needs with Local History Curriculum

  • Supplement Oklahoma History
  • As an elective class to complete the semester/year with Oklahoma History
  • After School Programs
  • Cross-curricular assignments for Speech, English, Library Science
  • Gifted and Talented Classes
  • Content to practice skills in Computer Applications courses
  • Supplemental material for Geography, US History, World History
  • Alternative Education, Summer School
  • Online offering or Guided Study
  • Fill out the end of the school year after state testing

Inquiry-based activities challenge students

  • Challenge students to apply, to analyze, to evaluate, and to create
  • Carefully-planned activities engage all types of learners
  • Strive for the highest level of learning
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • 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 without forsaking traditional books and paper resources.

Use multiple assessments of student learning

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

The “Student Instructions” ask students to complete tasks in narrative, evaluative, informative, and creative writing and speaking.  The Teacher’s Guide provides variety of assessment strategies builds students’ skills in research, technology, listening, speaking, writing, language, and creativity while they learn their own local history.

The “Student Guide to Learning Local History in Oklahoma” is only $54.00 for each (non-consumable) soft-cover book, plus shipping and handling.  You will receive one FREE Teacher’s Guide for Teaching Local History in Oklahoma for every 18 student books ordered.