"Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story," by design, is a history textbook with an emphasis on reading. It provides rich content while promoting strong disciplinary skills in content-focused reading to address both social studies and language arts standards for the state of Wisconsin. The teacher's edition provides educators with the background, literacy, and other skill-building strategies to teach "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" as an informational text that can be used to teach Wisconsin history in social studies and/or in reading. The Teacher's Edition draws on the most recent pedagogy in both literacy and in historical inquiry and incorporates such strategies to reach many levels of learners.
The Teacher's Edition draws together and charts a compendium of literacy strategies, historical thinking skills, and differentiated learning approaches in an introductory section. The early chapters each focus on a different literacy skill. Later chapters combine some of these. Students will have ample opportunity to practice and master each.
Major, overarching questions drive the content of each chapter. Although different in size, each chapter has the same components, so that students can learn to make connections. Each topic is also inquiry-based. Students quickly learn that the historian plays the role of detective: asking questions and amassing enough clues to put together a "picture" of some historical event or personality and to weave these into a sufficiently broad understanding. The Teacher's Edition helps the teacher become the leader of this historical expedition.