Teaching Critical Themes in American History



The purpose of this book series is to provide teachers an examination of critical issues in American history and to provide resources to teach those issues. The resources found in the series are as follows:

(a) historical content for exploring critical issues,

(b) historical context for addressing the themes,

(c) examples of how to use national standards to augment lessons, and

(d) primary and secondary source material to support the investigation of the themes. 

The target audiences of the series are middle and secondary school teachers and university professors of teacher education.

Each volume in the separately-titled series will contain disciplinary content on that theme, a discussion of disciplinary connectedness linking past and present, a discussion of the pedagogical challenges in teaching the content, examples of lesson plans, and lists or links to resources that teachers could use in the classroom.


Each volume will provide lists and links to resources to accompany the text, such as primary documents, secondary literature, and projects that teachers might assign to students based on and linked to the complementary foci of Common Core Standards, the C3 Framework, and the National Curriculum Standards of the NCSS.   

Call for Editors and Authors

Persons interested in becoming a volume editor or contributor should send an email and curriculum vitae to series editor Caroline R. Pryor at capryor@siue.edu.