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Awards for "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story"
- Award of Merit Winner —
American Association for State Local History
- Silver Award Winner, Education —
"ForeWord" Magazine's Book of the Year
- Gold Award Winner, Education —
Independent Publishers Book Award
- Merit Award Winner —
Milwaukee County Historical Society
About the Book
New Spanish Edition Available, 'Wisconsin: Nuestro Estado, Nuestra Historia'
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press has partnered with the Milwaukee Public Schools to translate "Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" into a Spanish edition, "Wisconsin: Nuestro Estado, Nuestra Historia." All components of the textbook have been translated into Spanish including text, maps, timelines and image captions. Christina Green, translator and language specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools noted that, "the translation of 'Wisconsin: Nuestro Estado, Nuestra Historia' provides equal access to Hispanic students as an integral part of our curriculum, through a well-explained and beautifully written account of our state's history and its impact within the nation's history." Learn more about how to order the Spanish edition.
Content of the textbook
"Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" is the definitive Wisconsin History Textbook from the Wisconsin Historical Society. Full color and visually stunning, it promotes strong literacy and content skills. In it, students encounter lively stories of the many individuals, groups, and events that shaped our past - from the retreat of the glaciers more than 10,000 years ago to the diverse state we are today.
- Learn about the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, and Ojibwe who have lived here for centuries. View documents from Marquette's and Jolliet's travels.
- Hear the story of escaped slave John Greene, who finds freedom in an integrated 1860s Grant County community.
- See artifacts owned by Civil War general and Wisconsin governor, Lucius Fairchild.
- Meet Mai Ya Xiong in her first-person account. Born in a Thai refugee camp, she went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Designed with a framework to stimulate critical thinking
Big historical questions using the Thinking Like a Historian model start each chapter. Thought-provoking topics develop critical thinking skills and provide opportunities to evaluate information and make new connections to history. An engaging, kid-friendly format and consistent placement of key words, timelines and essential questions provide continuity while building historical literacy. Hundreds of maps, photographs, historical documents, and artifacts from the Wisconsin Historical Society's vast collections - and from other Wisconsin collections - provide supporting visual evidence through primary sources.
Developed with seasoned educators and tested in actual classrooms
"Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" was developed in consultation with an advisory board of reading specialists, history scholars, curriculum coordinators, and teachers and tested in actual fourth-grade test classrooms. As a result, the book has been designed in an accessible format to encourage multiple learning styles. Color-coded terms, phonetic pronunciations and meaningful imagery and sidebars are just a few examples of how the design supports literacy and fluency.
Supported with our Teachers Edition, Student Activity Guide and online resources
The Teacher's Edition and accompanying Student Activity Guide provide teaching points, literacy strategies and reproducible materials. Additional online resources include correlation charts that map the book's alignment to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards and digital, adaptable versions of chapter assessments. Download additional classroom activities to supplement the worksheets and cross-curricular activities of the Student Activity Guide.
Aligned to Wisconsin Historical Society resources
Chapter summaries offer additional resources relevant to chapter topics. Find field trip opportunities at Wisconsin's historic sites, museums and regional venues listed in the "Some Places to Visit" sidebars. Discover fascinating books for young readers published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in the "Some Things to Read" sidebars, including our Badger Biographies education series.
"Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story" gives Wisconsin teachers everything they need - and more - to teach history. Order today!