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A local history--Antelope Valley study unit for junior high

The project reported herein was written in part due to the relative unavailability of literature by which students can study the local history of Antelope Valley. Textbook material dealing with this region is nonexistent. Land of the Free, presently used as a state junior high school American history text, contains no mention of this area; nor does We the People, a new state adoption. Textbook publishers cannot be held entirely at fault since the textbooks are intended for use primarily on a nationwide basis and in-depth regional or local history is impractical. Local historical society publications were available but lacked organization and continuity needed for classroom use. As a result of this dearth of material, the author developed an original local history unit of study. This project was written in part as an attempt by the author to create pupil interest and involvement in national history through a study of local history. Local history has the advantage of interest since students can develop a feeling of "belonging" whereas national history may seem too abstract. Hopefully, junior high students who would be introduced to a history of their local area would then transfer this involvement to their study of history on a national level. (See more in text.)

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