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ERIC Number: ED460046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-9704599-1-2
Building a History-Centered Curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade Four: Guidelines for Using Themes and Selecting Content. The Building a History Curriculum Series: Guides for Implementing the History Curriculum Recommended by the Bradley Commission on History in Schools.
National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.
The distinguished teachers and historians on the Bradley Commission on History in Schools suggested the basic themes, narratives, topics, and questions essential to the study of United States history, of Western civilization, and of world history. This guide provides teachers, administrators, and parents with principles of selection and suggestions for episodes in history to use as they talk to young children about times, places, and people in history. The guide presents a range of options from which schools and teachers may choose for themselves. It is divided into two broad parts: "Part One: Introduction" ("I. Guidelines for Planning K-4 History Instruction in Schools: Aims and Approaches"; "II. Basic Principles of Selection, and How To Use Them"; "III. Curricular Frameworks for Effective History Education K-12"); and "Part Two: Building a History-Centered K-4 Curriculum" ("I. History in the Early Grades: What Is It and Why Study It?"; "II. Vital Themes and Significant Questions To Be Carried throughout Patterns and across the Grades"; "III. Visualizing a History-Centered Curriculum for Kindergarten through Grade Four"; "IV. History's Habits of Mind: Questions across All Four Course Patterns"; "V. Keys to Developing Historical Literacy at an Early Age: Children's Literature, Biography, Times Lines, Primary Sources"; "VI. Content and Questions within the Course Patterns"; "VII. History and Language Arts"; "VIII. History and Geography"; "IX. History and Science"; "X. A Sample One-Week Lesson Plan"; "XI. A Sampler of Suggested Resources"; "XII. Preparing To Implement This Guide"). (BT)
National Council for History Education, 26915 Westwood Road, Suite B-2, Westlake, OH 44145. Tel: 440-835-1776; Fax: 440-835-1295; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.