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Oklahoma History

by Oklahoma State School Boards Assoc

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

The study of Oklahoma History and state government, requires students to examine the historic, as well as contemporary people and events that have formed and continue to transform the state. Students will demonstrate an understanding of important political and ideological movements, as well as economic, cultural, and social accomplishments of individuals and groups making a lasting impact not merely on our region, but on the progress of the nation.

This online repository of resources, teaching ideas, comprehensive lessons and units of study will take students beyond the limitations of a single textbook. Through the hands-on analysis of primary source documents, imagery, map collections, and documentary evidence, students are expected to practice the skills of the historian as they encounter the experiences and perspectives of historic personalities. Such primary sources provide students with numerous opportunities to summarize how key events or ideas develop over time.

The course begins with a geographic introduction to the place where Oklahomans call home, focusing on the natural resources of the state, how such resources have been economically developed, and even how weather and climate play a vital role in the development of the region. Following this unit of study, students will pursue a chronological approach to the study of Oklahoma’s history, starting with the Paleo Moundbuilders to the earliest encounters between Europeans and Native Americans. Included in each unit, students will be able to access these resources in order to weave the elements of the social sciences together- history, economics, culture, politics, and geography- in order to make sense of the past and better understand the present.

An integral part of the study of our state compels students to thoroughly analyze the political structures of our local and state governments. It is recommended that students pause in their chronological pursuit of state history following the events surrounding statehood, to examine the state constitution, comparing its structure to our national government. Through such analysis, students will be prepared to meet the challenges and civic responsibilities as tomorrow’s leaders.

Finally, the online coursework will conclude with a study of the major events of the 20th century and, as suggested by the Oklahoma State Academic Standards, follow a more topical approach to history and government, as students explore such avenues as the Civil Rights Movement in our state, the Boom and Bust Era of the Oil Industry, and the impact of the Great Depression/New Deal on modern economics. Students will complete the course by examining the events of the Oklahoma City Bombing and the rebuilding of a capitol city, based on what has become known nationwide as “The Oklahoma Standard.”

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