Now that you a rough understanding of our program it is time to give you the details of our particular project. The textbook is designed so that it will cover Indiana standards while still providing extra information from first person accounts and primary sources. The book is split up into four separate Units which we plan on selling individually once our product reaches completion. These Units will be made up of three chapters each with three lessons that focus in on specific periods of Indiana history. The textbook will provide an engaging and in-depth tour of Indiana as it progresses from untamed wilderness into the bustling state we know today.
The first lesson of the book which discusses Indiana’s earliest ancestors.
In the first Unit we cover the time period from ancient Indiana to the trials of early settlers in the Northwest Territory. In the opening chapter of this Unit we discuss Indiana’s ancient ancestors which were called Paleo-Indians. These early peoples would be the ones responsible for the giant earthen graves which gave Mound’s State Park in Anderson, Indiana its name. In the following chapter the encroachment of Europeans is examined. It is during this collision of the Old World and the New that we see Indiana heroes such as George Rogers Clark emerge. The Unit closes out with information on the Northwest Territory. This early stage of Indiana history is where the very framework of statehood is created with the Northwest Ordinance of 1785.
In Unit 2 the transformation of Indiana from Territory to Statehood is showcased across the three chapters. In the first, the Indiana Territory is created from the pieces of the former Northwest Territory. During this time-period the conflict between Native Americans and early Indiana Settlers is brought to a head in Tecumsah’s Rebellion. The second chapter discusses the early statehood of Indiana and the issues it faced. Also featured is an in-depth profile on Indiana’s first governor Jonathan Jennings. The Unit finishes in Chapter three with the Civil War. Here students will learn about the struggle of African American slaves and learn about John Hunt Morgan’s Confederate raid into Indiana.
Our third Unit which follows Indiana through the turbulent World War’s and the Cold War era.
Next in Unit 3 focuses on the turbulent 20th conflicts that would soon face the state. The first chapter leads us through Indiana’s Golden Age. It is during this time we see the rise of the automobile with the first running of the Indianapolis 500. Afterwards students follow Indiana as it struggles in the depths of the depression and both World Wars. In this period of great unrest the second rising of the Ku Klux Klan under D.C. Stephenson begins and African Americans begin the Great Migration to urban centers. In addition there are several profiles on notable Hoosiers such as Ernie Pyle who spread their Indiana roots across the globe. The Unit ends as the United States enters into the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The chapter hopes to spread light on a hectic period of time in Indiana called the “Red Scare,” a time period where people saw communists hiding around every corner.
The table of contents for our 4th Unit. (The cover for the 4th Unit is still in production.)
Unit 4 takes a slightly different approach as it introduces students to Indiana as it is today. The chapters in this unit focus on government, economics and the basic geography of Indiana. In the first chapter, the geography of Indiana, the physical features of Indiana are examined. This chapter includes information on Indiana’s bio-,hydro-, and lithospheres as well as highlighting places for nature recreation throughout the state. Following this chapter the book transitions into information about Indiana’s government. In this chapter students learn about the state’s constitution, local and historic Indiana legislatures as well as what they can do as a citizen. The book ends with a look at Indiana in the business world of today. It first showcases Indiana’s manufacturing capabilities then the new technologies being developed throughout the century and Indiana’s role in the international
Despite the large scale of the book the content is kept fresh and interesting with multiple features. By using a digital medium our team was able to add in several features which otherwise would be impossible in the standard physical textbook. For instance, the vocab definitions are distinct and when clicked display the definition right on screen, eliminating the monotonous flipping back and forth between the lesson and glossary. The readings are broken up with informative videos which display historical sites, reenactments and interviews with academic professionals. We hope that these features alongside our rich historical text will provide fourth graders with a learning tool that is both interactive and informative.