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Explorations are inquiry-based, interactive modules designed to give students the opportunity to do history: to conduct research, analyze primary sources, and draw their own conclusions.

Each Exploration will have a separate tab containing specific teacher materials.

Please Note: eXplorations are still under development and being tested. Some units are more complete than others. Eventually all will have a teacher resource section.

We have included the names of eXplorations that are not yet live so you can see what is planned.

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Unit 1: Colonization and Revolution

The World Before 1492

Learn about Zheng He, Cahokia, and Timbuktu

Indentured Servitude and Slavery

Columbus and the Columbian Exchange

Learn about Columbus and his legacy


The Puritans

Spanish Discovery of the New World


Pocahontas and Squanto

Who Wrote the Constitution?
Unit 2: Pre-Civil War and Civil War

The Duel: Aaron Burr & Alexander Hamilton

The Alamo


Indian Removal

Childhood in Bondage

Pre-Civil War History Through Music

Children and the Westward Movement

Children and the Civil War

John Brown: Hero or Terrorist?

Why Did the South Secede?
Unit 3: Turn of the 20th Century

Late 19th Century West: Images & Realities

Mexican American Songs of Resistence and Pride



Photography as History

World Fairs as History

Turn of the Century Music as History
Unit 4: Great Depression, World War II, and Post-War

Children and the Great Depression

Japanese American Internment

The Rise of the Teenager

Historical Places of the Civil Rights Movement

Atomic Culture

 Casablanca as Wartime Propaganda

Children and WWII

Timelines as Windows Into History

The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

The Vietnam War as History

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