Keystones Oral Histories Curriculum
We are pleased to present the Keystone Oral History York County, Pa – African-American Veterans’ Curriculum – for middle and high schools. The new, content-specific, grade-level documents represent the collaborative work of Keystones Oral History Organization, the Community partners, York College Education Department, and SRW Consulting, LLC. The Curriculum consists of two manuals: the Curriculum Manual and the IDM Manual.
Jamie C. Noerpel, Ph.D.
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The Curriculum Manual is aligned to the Common Core Standards, Pennsylvania State Core Standards, the National History Standards and divided into six subsections:
1. The Curriculum Overview
2. The Curriculum Maps
C3 Categories for the framework for
Social Studies State Standards and College, Career, and Civic Life
3. The Dimensions
1-4 of the C3 Framework for Social
Studies State Standards and College, Career, and Civic Life
4. The Curriculum Overview
Vertical Articulation and Progression of Social Studies
Practices for Grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12
5. Course Outline
Scope & Sequence
6. Curriculum Maps
Our Approach To Education
The Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Manual accompanies the curriculum maps for each module. “It is a distinctive approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials that honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids over prescription, and focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the The National Council for Social Studies’ (NCSS) Inquiry Arc of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards” (2013”C3 IDM).
This IDM organizes the Inquiry-Based Learning and teaching approach to emphasize students’ questions, ideas and observations. Inquiry based learning enhances comprehension rather than memorizing facts and taking notes. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas among their peers and explore topics to make their own connections and ask questions. This methodology allows students to build critical thinking and communication skills which enhances their ability to learn more effectively. The IDM manual is written to assist teachers in writing detailed lesson plans and meet the needs of all students through rigorous practice, relevant content, and engaging activities.
We encourage you to use this curriculum with fidelity. The teacher is the facilitator, not the lecturer. As you prepare to implement these lessons, remember you are not teaching a class, you are teaching children.