History Courses that Fit New York

  • Remarkable, free history curricula for middle- and high-school classrooms.
  • Aligned to New York Social Studies Standards.
  • Uniquely engaging and diverse content brings history to life with compelling videos, visuals, articles, and activities.
  • Proven to help students make demonstrable gains in reading, writing, critical thinking, and content knowledge.
  • Comprehensive, cohesive, and adaptable to different platforms, environments, and learners.

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World History Project: 1750 to the Present


In the context of the history of the Universe, 1750 was practically yesterday. Yet an amazing number of transformative changes have taken place in our world since then. And those changes tell a story that helps us make better sense of our past, present, and future. Exploring historical evidence and diverse narratives, students connect the people, places, and events of history to understand the problems of today.

  • Aligned to New York Social Studies Standards for tenth grade.
  • Builds on foundational historical thinking skills in preparation for Regents and AP exams, college, and career.
  • Ideal for tenth-grade global history and geography II students and in preparation for the Regents Exam.

Big History Project: 13.8B Years


Big History Project is an incredible 13.8-billion-year journey through the history of our Universe that engages students in connecting our past, present, and future as they prepare to become the world’s next big thinkers and problem solvers. Students consider important questions, gather and analyze evidence, and build informed arguments across a variety of scholarly disciplines.

  • Aligned to New York Social Studies Standards for ninth grade.
  • Establishes an interdisciplinary foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking in preparation for future courses.
  • Ideal for ninth-grade global history and geography I students—or middle-school students—as a way to build historical thinking skills.

What New York Teachers Are Saying

“We have found it very compatible with the ninth-grade global history curriculum because students practice and master the required historical thinking skills like inquiry and sourcing. My students also benefited from the availability of different reading levels to meet the needs of different learners.”

—Wren, ninth-grade global history teacher, Brooklyn, New York

“The interdisciplinary focus on critical thinking, reading, and writing helps students be successful in many of their courses—and reaches those who are otherwise not interested in history.”

—Phil, ninth-grade history teacher, Spencerport, New York

“From the Big Bang to speculation about the future, the content is really engaging. And it provides a lot of opportunities to practice and achieve success in the critical thinking and literacy skills that are so important.”

—Douglas, sixth-grade teacher, Brooklyn, New York

More to Explore

OER Project comes in many shapes and sizes. From year-long history courses to short, stand-alone extension courses to professional development for teachers—here are more ways to teach, learn, and engage with history.

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Using data as a tool, students examine the past to make predictions about the future. In the process, they hone their critical thinking skills, which will serve them well in every discipline they study.

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Williamsburg Bridge at sunset with boats passing underneath

Thousands of educators gathered online August 3–5, 2021 to discuss how K–12 social studies teachers are shifting their practices to meet new challenges. See conference highlights and session recordings at the link below.