CMHEC produces educational materials on local history topics using the inquiry approach to history education. Unlike most curricula, ours is driven by primary sources - firsthand evidence from the past. We believe that authentic learning occurs in part by challenging students to discover, question, analyze, and synthesize primary sources-rather than simply accepting the interpretations of others. We also promote reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and historical methods. The curricula and primary sources contained within also help students develop historical questions to pursue as History Fair projects and provide basic primary sources. Finally, the educational materials are designed to give maximum flexibility to teachers - they can select the sections, questions, activities they want to do with their students to complement the U.S. History survey or they may choose to block out time to do the entire curriculum.
Most CMHEC-produced curricula are available at our office. Use the navigator above to see samples. In the future, our website will offer PDF (downable and printable) versions of our educational materials.