Exploring Your Community

A-ya-s-di N-a-v-nu-na-da-lv 

— Written in the Cherokee language. Literal translation: “Seeking Community.”


Designed for use in intermediate education, “Exploring Your Community,” has been authored by curriculum designer Carol Buswell of the National Archives and Records Administration. She writes: “We can understand ourselves and our communities in a broader and more meaningful way by conducting research using a wide variety of methods gathered from various disciplines and peoples.”

And here are the individual components:

Dear Teachers and Students


My Story


Curriculum Design Approach

Selected Common Core State Standards

Curriculum Expressions

Learning Episode Sections

Learning Episode 1                           

Starting with YOU

Learning Episode 2

Recording Your Own Community Experience

Learning Episode 3

Creating a Classroom Library and Archives

Learning Episode 4

Understanding and Preserving Oral Histories

Learning Episode 5

Dealing with Conflicting Ideas

Learning Episode 6

Examining Primary Sources

Learning Episode 7

Comparing Existing Secondary Sources

Learning Episode 8

Looking at Artifacts and Related Materials

Learning Episode 9

Is My Research Balanced?

Learning Episode 10

Creating a Secondary Source of Your Own


Summative Assessment of Learning Outcomes