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Alabama Moments in American History contains supplemental information about each of the Alabama concepts identified in the Course of Study by an Alabama map icon as a required content standard or example. For convenience we refer to each of these as an "Alabama Moment." The Alabama Moments are identified in the Table of Contents. The initial page of each Moment identifies the author of the material in the particular Moment and includes correlations to the Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies (Alabama State Department of Education, Bulletin 1998, No. 18) and Standards and Objectives (Social Studies) for Alabama High School Graduation Exam (Alabama State Department of Education, Bulletin 1998, No. 13). The components of each Moment may vary, but generally each Moment contains the following elements:
|Quick Summary - one page summary of the essential points for quick reference.|
|Details - a longer, more detailed explanation of the topic.|
|Bibliography - short, annotated references to additional information about the topic.|
|Primary Source - a primary source document which can be used in the classroom to enrich the study of this topic. Primary sources used include letters, diary excerpts, maps, graphs, and illustrations. The primary source may have been contributed by the scholar identified on the initial page or chosen by the advisory committee.|
|Suggested Activities - other activities to enrich the teaching of this topic, which may include class projects, research topics, field trips, videos, or web sites. The suggested activities may have been contributed by the scholar identified on the initial page or chosen by the advisory committee.|
Some history topics, such as the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and Reconstruction, have several separate entries listed in the Table of Contents. Some topics included were not identified in the Course of Study as an Alabama required content standard or example, but the advisory committee felt that the additional information would be helpful (for examples see "The American Revolution and the Land Called Alabama" and "Julia TutwilerReformer"). Unfortunately, other Alabama history topics remain under-represented in the Course of Study and in Alabama Moments. Sections were added on religion, literature, and music to supplement the study of the social and cultural history of Alabama and the United States. To enrich the classroom experience, basic Alabama maps are included, and a CD of historical Alabama music is available.
Please note that each individual scholar is responsible for the material contained within his/her Moment. Questions and/or comments about specific information cited should be addressed to that scholar.