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About the New Hampshire History
Overviews and Themes for Teachers
New Hampshire history does not begin and end at the borders of the state. Events outside of our borders flow to us and affect events inside our borders. Likewise, events inside New Hampshire flow outward and affect what happens in the larger world. In order to teach accurately, teachers need to know how the large picture looks. Knowing this, they will not teach about New Hampshire as if it exists as a sealed universe of its own.
The overviews, then, are
not meant to be one-page, era-by-era summaries of essential information
that teachers and students should know. Instead, they give general views
of the eras. The overviews suggest themes that arise in particular eras,
and they suggest points of connection between New Hampshire and the outside
world. They are meant to serve as a conceptual
A teacher of grades K-3 might ask why she/he needs to be familiar with the same overviews that teachers of the upper grades use. Like masons laying the groundwork for a building, teachers in the lower grades must have a vision of the final product. If the upper grades build on what has been learned in the lower grades, then teachers at all levels must know how and where each instructional piece fits into the larger picture.
The ideas in bold face at
the beginning of each era summarize some of the major issues of the era
in New Hampshire history. The discussion sections expand on the themes.
When choosing to teach topics in a particular era, the teacher can refer
to the overview for that era as a