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US History Curriculum Collection: Course Planning Guide

This Planning Guide supports teachers as they integrate Facing History’s US History Curriculum Collection into their existing US history course.
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English — US


  • History
  • Democracy & Civic Engagement
 Educator Workbook: US History Curriculum Collection cover.
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US History Curriculum Collection: Course Planning Guide

Date of Publication: May 2024

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This Course Planning Guide supplements Facing History’s US History Curriculum Collection. It is designed to help you envision, plan, and implement a US History course that incorporates the collection’s classroom-ready resources and thematic throughline of democracy and freedom

The guide provides the following resources and tools to help you through the planning process:  

  • Identity-focused prompts: Consider your identity, your students’ identities, and your teaching practice before you embark on the planning process. 
  • Goal-oriented planning tools: Identify how Facing History’s learning objectives and outcomes can be paired with federal and state standards and content you already teach. 
  • Essential questions: Incorporate essential questions that create student experiences centered around the theme of democracy and freedom.
  • Sample curriculum maps: Learn how to use a curriculum map to incorporate our lessons, units, and inquiries into your course. 
  • Reflection questions: Take stock of your course at the end of the year and consider what went well and what can be improved for the next year.

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