Washington State History

WASTHistAfter purchasing what sounded like a decent curriculum, I was greatly disappointed to discover that it was for elementary, not high-school level Washington state history.  I ended up creating my own.  At the bottom of this post is a link to the PDF of the booklet I ultimately created.

Note:  my sons will concurrently receive a research-writing credit.  There is a significant amount of writing required for this class.  This is because my older children have not felt as well prepared for college-level writing as would be ideal.  I am attempting to address that with the younger children.  Since they need both writing and WA state history, I’m combining the two.

Chapters include:

  • Historical Overview
  • Expansion of the United States
  • State Symbols
  • Counties
  • Native American Tribes of Washington
  • State Geography
  • Stories & History
  • Government
  • State Parks
  • Historical Sites

This study requires:

  • Internet access
  • It Happened in Washington, by James A. Crutchfield

This course requires research of the Lewis & Clark trail using your choice of resources. Suggestions include, but are not limited to:

  • Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail, by Julie Fanselow
  • The Perilous West, by Larry E. Morris
  • Meeting Natives with Lewis and Clark, by Barbara Fifer
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition, by Richard Newberger

Additional resources for a report on hydroelectric dams on Washington’s rivers will be needed. Suggestions include, but are not limited to:

  • Water Power in the “Wilderness” – The History of Bonneville Lock and Dam, by William F. Willingham, PhD
  • Grand Coulee: Harnessing a Dream, by Paul C. Pitzer
  • Power Lines: Giant Hydroelectric Power in the Pacific Northwest, an Era and a Career, by Russell McCormmack
  • Washington State Hydroelectric Dams
  • Department of Ecology website (ecy.wa.gov) Select Water then Dams
  • Inventory of Dams of the State of Washington

Additional resources for a report on Washington’s history will be needed. Suggestions include, but are not limited to:

  • Pioneering the Washington Territory, by Welcon W. Rau
  • Lorinda Bewley and the Whitman Massacre, by Myra Sager Helm
  • Northwest Heritage, by William E. Scofield
  • Sagebrush Homesteads, by Laura Tice Lage
  • Images of America: Fort Lewis, by Alan H. Archamhault

I recommend printing the cover sheet on cardstock and having it laminated. Also laminate a back cover.  Sandwich the pages between the two covers, then take the book to a printer and have a plasti-coil binding put on your book.

Washington State History WorkText (no appendix)_


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