“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
–The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Our consortium of scholars have created a series of curriculum for primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. We have written lesson plans and provide primary sources for potential use in the classroom and beyond. Sample materials are provided from the state, district, city, and institutional level.
Additional materials are available with a subscription to the Google Classroom. We currently offer 70° Archival Training, which teaches you how to create and manage your family and corporate history. Jennifer is authoring Establishing a Museum and Museum Processing Plan that will be published in 2020.
We adhere to California and Orange County district standards. Please see the series of publications here:
CALIFORNIA STATE STANDARDS
California Department of Education
Professional development for teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and other staff in selected curriculum areas.
Information on all subject areas.
- Model Curriculum, “Information provided on these Web pages is a standards-based model curriculum on the life and work of César E. Chávez. The curriculum is provided for grades Kindergarten through 12, with biographies, pictures, and other resources provided to help teachers prepare lessons for this state holiday.”
- Human Rights and Genocide Model Curriculum (PDF; 2MB)
According to the California Council for Social Studies (CCSS), “Reading and analyzing primary sources is a major component of the Common Core ELA Standards for Literacy in History-Social Studies. The following resource links provide access to key primary sources to support instruction in American history, civics, and economics.”
Primary Source Resources:
Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tools
Exploring the Early Americas – Explorations and Encounters
Exploring the Early Americas – Aftermath of the Encounter
Primary source set and teachers guide from the Library of Congress
This is a Lesson from the National Archives for grades 4-12
The Civil War in America
“The Valley of the Shadow” website-Primary documents from two communities, one Northern and one Southern. Documents cover the period
from Fall 1859 to Fall 1870.
Primary Sources and More for Economics and the Federal Reserve
Images from Japanese American Internment Camps
This Calisphere site includes photographs, artwork, questions for students, and connection to standards.
Cold War – Cuban Missile Crisis
“To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis” Exhibit at the National Archives site has TV footage of JFK and a mobile app for iPads with items from the exhibit.
The Civil Rights Movement as seen through California Photographers
NARA’s cartoon analysis sheet
A good collection of cartoons for high school students from the Library of Congress
Orange County Districts:
Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) History and Social Science: “Our History and Social Science department values lifelong learning developed through inquiry and exploration of key historical concepts, as well as examination of social, economic, and political problems facing the state, nation and world. Through engaging in meaningful discussion and collaborative experiences, we work to prepare all students to be informed, broad-minded, responsible and ethical citizens in their communities.”
Saddleback Valley Unified District (SVUD) History/Social Science: “SVUSD students will develop the readiness for college, careers, and civic life by the time they graduate from high school and attain the following capacities:
- Use discipline specific tools/concepts to deepen content knowledge, student critical thinking and deepen literacy
- Develop questions to promote inquiry
- Select evidence by gathering, evaluating evidence to support a claim
- Share learning and take action to communicate conclusions and take informed action
Orange County Sample Curriculum:
Bower’s Museum Teacher Resources: “The Bowers Education Department offers a multitude of resources and learning opportunities for K-12 teachers and other educators. Among them are our Educator Open Houses and our Curriculum Guides. Be sure to check back as our resources grow!
Bring your faculty to enjoy a free evening at the museum! Book your school tour on-site, apply for a Title 1 Grant, explore our galleries, and enjoy a presentation of all the Bowers has to offer your students.”
“LEARNING FROM THE SOURCE” Newsletter
Mission San Juan Capistrano Lesson Plans and Teacher Guides:
- Mission Clubhouse Teachers Guide (pdf)
Outline of hands-on activities and display information.
- Mission Treasures Exhibit Interpretive Guide (pdf)
Outline of the exhibit and exhibit items.
- Padres Museum Teachers Guide (pdf)
- Mission Passport Teachers Guide (pdf)
Outline of the passport program and guide to use the booklet with students.