Key Conceptual Underpinnings

Students are at the center of it all, and honoring and respecting teachers' experience and expertise makes this curriculum work.


 

Contextualized Pedagogy

"Intersections and Connections" curriculum reflects over five years of research and development. All thematic modules and instructional resources are framed within History UnErased's Inquiry Arc for contextualized pedagogy to offer a more complete - and complex - story of America. The flexible instructional design incorporates the experience and expertise of classroom educators and inspires more successful outcomes for all students.  

 

Critical Analysis of Primary Sources

Complementing instructional resources are unique to History UnErased and designed as a non-judgemental analysis of primary sources. All primary source materials are copyright-secured and curated from both digital and print collections from archives, estates, libraries, and historical societies from across the nation - also the Library of Congress, National Archives, Smithsonian Museum of American History, National Park Service, and more.

 
Academic and Skills-based Learning Outcomes
 
Each thematic module is designed to merge three types of learning outcomes: acquisition of civics-based content knowledge, transferable life skills, and enduring essential learnings. An example of each of these is the following: understanding the process of filing a court case and explaining the rationale for its progression through the judicial system; developing literacy skills and citing evidence to support conclusions; understanding the evolving nature of America's democratic ideals of equality.

 

Accessibility and Sustainability

All instructional resources for teachers and students are embedded on a unique password-protected UnErased.org portal for each school and support both traditional and online teaching and learning.

The peer-to-peer discussion forum provides each school agency to develop and sustain small learning communities for internal professional support and peer-to-peer mentorship.

 

Automatic Updates and Revisions

Each school's portal includes feedback surveys that inform History UnErased's annual updates and revisions of thematic modules and instructional resources. The following is an overview of the thematic modules.

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 

 

 

Example Teacher's Guide Table of Contents Example Interactive Student Guide Table of Contents

 

 

 

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Position Statement on LGBT+ History

Debra Fowler and Dr. Steven LaBounty-McNair, History UnErased's Executive Director and Board Chair respectively, co-authored the NCSS Position Statement on Contextualizing LGBT+ History within the Social Studies Curriculum. View and download the Position Statement here.

Read President Haefner's Message: "NCSS's Position on an Inclusive Curriculum" here.

 

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