The History Blueprint

The History Blueprint initiative is designed to provide educators research-based and Standards-aligned resources to develop student critical thinking, literacy skills, and historical content knowledge.  

Three Comprehensive Units of Study

Civil War Blueprint Cover ImageWas the Civil War a War for Freedom? The Civil War was a critical watershed in U.S. History, when the meaning of freedom for Americans and the meaning of union for the nation changed forever. This 8th grade unit of study focuses on the events leading to the war, the perspectives of those who fought in or lived through the war, and the effects of the war on individual citizens and the nation.


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Why and How was the Cold War Fought?  The Cold War that spanned more than four decades touched nearly every country on earth.  The ideological, diplomatic, military, and cultural struggle that started between the Soviet Union and United States went through a number of phases as people and countries in the post-World War II era struggled to define what freedom would mean for them.  This unit of study contains two strands – one for 10th grade world history students and one for 11th grade U.S. history students.


Sites of Encounter Cover PageHow Did Sites of Encounter Change the Medieval World? The Sites of Encounter in the Medieval World unit introduces students to the connections between regions and peoples in Afro-Eurasia (the “world”) between 1000 and 1500 (the “medieval” period.)  Following recent world historical scholarship about connections between cultures in and around the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, and South China Sea, the lessons immerse students in sites of encounter – Sicily, Quanzhou, Cairo, Mali, Majorca, and Calicut - where merchants, travelers, and scholars exchanged products, technologies, and ideas.


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