chronology -- a listing of events in the order that they happened.

content -- what a student should know about a subject.

era -- generally refers to an extended time period in history defined by a characteristic or characteristic that changed.  Over time the change is considered great enough or significant enough to end one era and begin another.

focus question -- a question that encourages learners to direct their inquiry into history in a way that considers and finds answers.

framework --a series of statements and principles that connect to show the general structure of a course of study.  Guides decision-making in classroom planning.  The New Hampshire K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Framework is and example.

historical thinking -- the cognitive skills necessary for a learner to investigate, interpret and understand events in the past and how those events relate to the present and future.

inquiry method -- a learning method structures by the teachers that involves the students in posing questions and investigating to find the answers.

instructional outcomes -- what students will know and be able to do upon completion of a lesson or lessons.

overview -- a broad look over the trends and events in the ten eras.  Offers a way of seeing how units of study fit into the big picture.

proficiencies -- samples of student performance to demonstrate attainment of particular skills or knowledge levels.  Useful for assessment.

quick reference chart -- chart of focus questions, topics, and eras in New Hampshire history.

skill -- what a student can do. In educational planning, skills are often identified separate from content.

standards -- definitions of what students should know and be able to do.  The New Hampshire K-12 Social Studies Curriculum Frameworks is stated in terms of broad goals and student levels of performance.

themes -- a broad idea.  Offer a way to tie together a series of topics or related questions.

time period -- an interval of time.

topic -- a single subject.

IntroductionQuestionsOverviewsPeopleLesson PlansAppendixesAcknowledgementsIntroductions  What Does this Book Do?Glossary of TermsQuick Reference ChartFocus QuestionsSummary List of QuestionsFocus Questions and NH FrameworksTime Periods Covered by 10 Eras