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Oklahoma History - FALL SEMESTER

Historical highlights and analysis of Oklahoma history

*Open to 8th graders with instructor approval prior to enrollment

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Kim Heinecke


Class size:

minimum 10, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Wed-3) 12:05-1:25 FALL SEMESTER


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1/2 credit - required for OK students

  • Course Description

This course will cover the people and events that have shaped and transformed our state. Topic highlights include:


  • Geography of OK

  • Exploration & indigenous people groups

  • Indian removal

  • Post Civil-War Indian Territory

  • Life on the Prairie

  • Statehood

  • Dust bowl / Great Depression

  • OK in WW2 

  • Tulsa Race Massacre

  • Oil Boom

  • Expansion

  • OKC Bombing

  • Famous Oklahomans

The class will include at-home reading assignments, note-taking, weekly discussions, and special projects. Students will participate in vibrant discussions of important political and ideological movements, as well as economic, cultural, and political accomplishments.

We'll explore the major events and develop critical thinking skills about our changing state. 

The class will also include podcast selections, Oklahoma map annotations, videos, guest speakers, and suggested field trips to local museums and places of interest.

  • Homework

Allow approximately 1-2 hours each week for homework. Students will choose independent projects from a list of options.

Students must be able to write short essays in MLA format. 

*This class is open to 8th graders for high school credit, with instructor approval prior to enrollment.

  • Required Books & Materials

Oklahoma Adventure

by Sharon Cooper, Billie Joan English

There is a free online copy available to students, posted on Google Classroom.  If you choose to purchase the book, check used booksellers for the best price. 

Choice of one of the following (or other approved book/audiobook related to Oklahoma history)


  • Spiral or loose-leaf paper 

  • Pencil

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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