Choices curriculum units are available in three formats: print, web-based Digital Editions, and PDF.
Our curriculum units in print format include a Student Text with student readings and a separate Teacher Resource Book with lesson plans and related materials. Our Digital Editions format includes all of the same materials on a web-based platform. Our PDF format includes the Student Text and Teacher Resource Book in a single file and can be purchased and downloaded directly from our website or shipped on a thumb drive (for purchase orders or for series).
Student Texts from the Choices Program are usually about 45 to 60 pages long and contain all of the student readings for a curriculum unit. These readings reflect up-to-date historiography and aim to tell an inclusive, responsible history. They are written by the Choices Program’s curriculum developers and reviewed by scholars.
The Student Texts also include primary source excerpts, images, maps, vocabulary definitions, and a list of print and online supplementary resources, all designed to help students understand more fully the material they are reading. Some Student Texts also include timelines or charts. The Digital Editions format includes video content produced by the Choices Program that is fully integrated for use by students and teachers.
Teacher Resource Books
Teacher Resource Books accompany the Student Texts and are usually 50 to 65 pages long. They contain lessons designed to support students in developing the skills necessary for historical thinking and critical analysis of contested issues. The Teacher Resource Books include:
- lesson plans
- study guides (two levels)
- graphic organizers
- video links for use with the lessons and Student Text
- other tips for implementing the curriculum units in the classroom
Our curriculum units usually contain 5 to 9 lessons and can take up to ten or more class periods to complete if all the readings and lessons are used. However, our units are completely flexible. Teachers can select which readings and activities are most useful for their students and utilize those that closely correspond to the aims of their classes.
Most of our curriculum units have accompanying short, accessible videos produced by the Choices Program that feature scholars, practitioners, journalists, and others answering key questions about the topic at hand. These videos can be used to complement the Student Text and the Teacher Resource Book, but are not required to teach Choices’ curriculum units. Our entire video collection of more than 1,700 videos is available to anyone for free on our website.