History Genie by Richard Jenkins

How do we do it?


We use the best practices of education today.

  • Use process-driven, differentiated curriculum for the study of Language Arts and/or Social Studies.
  • Promote learning through the types of activities, or learning processes, that are detailed for the teacher and student.
  • Engage all types of learners.
  • Use activities that are carefully planned to reach the highest level of learning.
  • Horizontally integrate the material into other courses, or teach it as a separate course.
  • Engage Place-Based Education to immerse students in their own local heritage.

We offer inquiry-based activities that challenge students.

  • Independent and collaborative student activities are included.
  • Creativity is encouraged throughout.
  • The integration of subjects is truly seamless.
  • Challenge students to apply, to analyze, to evaluate, and to create.
  • Guide students to ask their elders, discover local treasures, and find credible resources.
  • Entice students to re-tell the stories of their communities.

We engage learners in a variety of learning activities:

  • Reading and research,
  • Biographies,
  • Using maps and graphics,
  • Primary sources,
  • Timelines,
  • Vocabulary,
  • Arts, and
  • Technology applications.

We use the extraordinary resources available to all students today.

  • Use the wealth of information in state encyclopedias.
  • Discover federal and state government websites that are virtual treasure chests waiting to be opened.
  • Ask students to locate and evaluate other resources.
  • Challenge students and teachers to engage technology, without forsaking traditional books and paper resources.

We assess learning in multiple ways – but no tests!

  • Formative and summative assessments evaluate student learning:
  • Narrative, evaluative, informative, and creative writing and speaking,
  • Creativity skills, and Technology applications.

THE RESULT: History is a catalyst for curiosity and learning.


Students of History want to learn more about the buildings, landmarks, events, and people of their hometowns as they recognize the intrinsic value of their communities and their world. They become advocates for preserving historic places and honoring the people who have built their communities. Ultimately, they will perpetuate the “institutional memory” of entire communities. 

This is learning that builds pride in the community and individual self-esteem. 

By adding your experience and imagination, we are confident that You Are Here’s content-rich curriculum can be virtually endless in its potential to inspire your students to learn. 

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