In-Class Community Stories Kit Downloads
The purpose of Autry's Community Stories Kits is to enable classroom teachers to instruct their classes on topics of historical and cultural interest through the observation of objects and pictures, as well as through the telling of stories of the peoples of the past. This combination of object- and text-based learning allows students to learn both experientially and through more traditional methods (e.g., reading and discussing written text), enabling them to use a variety of intelligences in their approach to understanding the study of history.
Each available kit contains background information, lessons, object images, and archival photographs. Images and worksheets necessary for all lessons are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed for classroom use. Links are provided within the lessons.
Tom Shee Bin: Chinese Americans in the West
Learn about the roles that immigration laws, family, and cultural traditions have played in the story of Chinese people.
Ellen Cook: African Americans in the West
Explore the opportunities and discrimination faced by African Americans through lessons about migration, education, oral history, and quilting.
Isabel Esparza Huizar: Ranching and Cowboys
The colorful story of this Tejano family features a hero of the Alamo, vaqueros, and ranching.