Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide | General Resources | BHH Five Processes

To become familiar with the BHH curriculum, start with the Introduction.

Next, review the BHH Grade-level Units. The units and activities are accessed through the View and Download menu on the right hand side of your screen.  

Then view BHH students in action on the Bringing History Home YouTube channel.

    The General Resources View

    Here you will find:

    • Introduction to historical evidence analysis
    • Guides your students may use to analyze evidence
    • Links to other resource lists.

    The Unit Views

    Within the Unit views, you will see folders for:

    • Bibliographies,
    • Unit lesson/activity plans
    • Unit resources, and
    • Teacher adaptations.

    The Units are accessible via individual PDF or HTML files. We also provide one complete PDF file for each unit (these may be rather large and contain both PDF and converted HTML content).

    Using the Unit Views

    Go first to the Step 1: Lesson Plan material. If you prefer hard copies of your teaching materials, print the lesson plans (called activities in BHH) and review the standards alignment for the unit. Read through the lesson plans to gain a sense of the unit’s flow. Take note of any special materials or videos you may need for the activities. If you prefer to work from hard copies, label manila folders to match the Activity numbers; for example, the BHH Immigration unit has eight activities, so for that unit you would label 8 folders with Activity 1, Activity 2, etc., up through Activity 8.

    Next, go to the Step 2: Unit Resources section and with your unit copy in hand, peruse the documents and other resources in this folder. All the resources are labeled according to the lesson/activity for which they are needed. Print the documents and place each in the appropriate manila folder. For example, in the Immigration unit’s Resource folder for Activity 6, you will find personal accounts and photos. Print the accounts and photos and place the paper copies in your Activity 6 manila folder.

    Now visit Step 3: Teacher Adaptations material. Some of the units may not have anything in this view and will show a N/A in the file column. If BHH pilot teachers have not created or submitted unit variations, adaptations or extensions for a particular unit, the Adaptations view will be empty. All BHH adaptations are classroom tested, and we encourage you to include them in your BHH implementation. In some instances, adaptations have been included in the unit lesson plan view. In those cases, the BHH designers have determined the adaptation is essential to the unit.

    Finally, look at Step 4: Bibliographies content, and go to the Unit Book List. This includes only titles of the books embedded in the unit and in teacher adaptations. Your library may have some of the titles, and/or you may wish to purchase the titles from a local or internet supplier.  If your school does not have a budget that will allow for the books' purchase, don’t hesitate to substitute available titles for those prescribed by BHH. There often exist various children’s books on the same theme. The BHH embedded titles have been classroom tested and chosen to compliment specific lessons. As we all contend, however, with titles going out of print, individual and district budget constraints, and the wide variation in library inventories, you should not hesitate to identify new and different titles for your classroom.

    We hope you find navigating the BHH site an intuitive, straightforward experience. Please send questions or comments to Elise Fillpot.

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