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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.

Although we provide detailed lesson plans, we encourage instructors to use the pictures of objects and the historical photographs in any way they see fit, and we look forward to hearing about new and exciting approaches you have found to teaching the materials on this site. Please feel free to send your comments to our Director of Education at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


  • Tom Shee Bin: Chinese Americans in the West Outreach Kit

    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.

    Tom Shee Bin Electronic Outreach Kit

  • Ellen Cook: African Americans in the West Outreach Kit

    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.

    Ellen Cook Electronic Outreach Kit

  • Isabel Esparza Huizar: Ranching and Cowboys Outreach Kit

    Isabel Esparza Huizar: Ranching and Cowboys

    The colorful story of this Tejano family features a hero of the Alamo, vaqueros, and ranching.

    Isabel Huizar Electronic Outreach Kit

 

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