"Intersections and Connections" LGBT+ inclusive U.S. history curriculum is providing educators with the training and resources they need to present all students with a more complete story of America.
Curriculum components include:
Professional Learning and Development
Live, virtual professional learning is anchored in History UnErased's Educator Resource Guide and designed as intellectual preparation for culturally responsive curriculum and classroom practice. Topics include:
Examining implicit bias and its implications in curriculum, language, and classroom practice
Intensive analysis of "Intersections and Connections" contextualized pedagogy
Exploring methods and strategies to expand the historical narrative
Reviewing methods of assessment and learning outcomes
Introduction to the online discussion forum for peer-to-peer mentorship and professional support
High-quality Digital Instructional Resources
"Intersections and Connections" civics-based content is contextualized within the current curriculum for grades 6 - 12 and aligned with MA state standards, national standards, integrated literacy approaches, and anchored in critical analysis of primary sources.*
Teacher's guides for each thematic module include essential questions, expected learning outcomes, framework alignment, background information, skills-based activities, scaffolded analysis tools, answer keys, and assessments with rubrics.
Student guides for each thematic module include embedded primary sources, complementing media, unique activities, and writable PDFs for digital submission of student work.
Additional instructional resources include skills-based analysis tools, Give Voice to History Project podcasts, produced by Making Gay History -- The Podcast exclusively for History UnErased to complement "Intersections and Connections" curriculum, and visual history instructional posters
Overview of Thematic Modules
These instructional resources allow LGBT+ people to be seen for the first time in an academic, civics-based learning environment. This conveys -- to all students -- that LGBT+ people are equal members of society, which in turn is an actionable strategy to support the intentionality of inclusive and culturally-responsive classrooms. Read about our key conceptual underpinnings and overview of content here.
Module One is an exploration of the social and economic structures of both the Indigenous population and the English colonists. Theme: Gender / Social Studies Domain: Economics
Module Two is an exploration of the use and effectiveness of nonviolent and nonverbal protest, the evolving interpretation of protected classes, and the process and rationale for a court case to advance through the judicial system. Theme: The Constitution and the Courts / Social Studies Domain: Civics
Module Three is an exploration of Bayard Rustin's influence on Dr. King and American civil rights and analysis of the intersecting goals of various liberation movements (English y Español). Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History
Module Four is an exploration of pre and post-Stonewall civil rights activism and the importance of preserving national historic landmarks. Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History
Module Five is an investigation of how LGBT individuals serving in WWII established a movement that still impacts American society today. Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History
Module Six is an exploration of the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause, Compelled Speech Doctrine, and the concept of compelling state (government) interest. Theme: The Constitution and the Courts / Social Studies Domain: Civics
Module Seven is a critical analysis of the relationship between the media and cultural perceptions of race and gender. Theme: The Constitution and the Courts / Social Studies Domain: History
Module Eight is an exploration of the influence of scientific research on society's perceptions of morality and health, and a critical analysis of the evolution of qualifying criteria of adjustment in psychiatric diagnostic evaluation. Theme: Civil Rights / Social Studies Domain: History
*Primary sources are copyright-secured and curated from digital and print collections from libraries, historical societies and university archives from across the nation, as well as the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, National Park Service, and more.
Like History UnErased, we want to make sure that the students and educators who come after us are not just better off, but are better than us, better at understanding, better at empathy, better at creating a world where all people belong. - Tina L. Haefner, President of National Council for the Social Studies
IMPORTANT NOTE: As schools across the nation transition to online teaching and learning in response to COVID-19 precautions, and more states are requiring schools to teach LGBT+ history, "Intersections and Connections" is a unique resource to support both of these efforts as our professional learning and instructional resources have always been offered through a digital platform designed for both traditional and online teaching and learning. Contact Us