A partnership among Washington state’s tribes, schools, and communities designed and funded this curriculum. This website houses resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of recommended units for Washington and U.S. history in elementary and middle schools, and U.S. history and contemporary world issues in high school. Each unit is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Washington state standards, and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment (CBA).
This well-organized website focuses on a supplementary curriculum on the history, key issues, and contributions of American Indians in Washington state. The curriculum is aligned to Washington state standards and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The website contains a variety of instructional and original source materials that effectively achieve its purpose: “to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues . . .” across elementary, middle, and high schools. Lesson plans, curriculum materials, original resources, videos, and examples of student work are professionally presented and organized. The abundance, quality, and effective structure of the materials provide high utility and flexibility for teachers, and may be useful for increasing student knowledge about the history and contributions of American Indians. Evidence of effectiveness is not provided, but the high quality suggests a positive effect on learning. Some website users may find that the use of gray text, instead of black text, on white pages is difficult to read.