Curriculum

Explore lessons about California history with OMCA’s resources drawing upon themes from current and past major exhibitions. These suggested activities can be used to supplement a Museum visit to the exhibition or main galleries, or independently to support classroom learning.

What's Going On Curriculum

Collecting Community History Handbook Excerpts
OMCA's publication, Collecting Community History: A Training Handbook for Educators, provides students with methods for bringing their community's history to life by conducting original historical research. These excerpts support the student activities in these lessons.
Historiography: Learning the Skills and Processes of an Historian
Interviewing: Conducting Oral History Interviews
Writing: Communicating Historical Research

Lesson 1
Lesson Plan #1: From the Quiet Decade to Social Revolution: How the Vietnam War Transformed California

Lesson 1 Student Handouts
The Legacy of McCarthyism
Questions for Berkeley in the Sixties

Lesson 1 Oral Histories
Oral History: Charles Benninghoff
Oral History: Clay Carson
Oral History: Karen Jo Koonan
Oral History: Lois Lundberg
Oral History: Frank McAdams
Oral History: Tom Smothers

Lesson 2
Lesson Plan #2: 1968: Year of Social Change and Turning Point in Vietnam and the U.S.

Lesson 2 Student Handouts
Discussion Questions for Hearts and Minds
Guidelines for Completing Timelines
Internet Research Study Group
Oral History Process and Resources
Recommended Websites for Internet Research
Student Group Project
1968 Timeline
Character Tracking for Hearts and Minds
General Vo Nguyen Giap
More about the 1968 Tet Offensive
1968: Oral History Project
Essay on 1968 and Oral History

Lesson 2 Oral Histories
Oral History: Judy Grahn
Oral History: David Harris and John Burns
Oral History: David Hilliard
Oral History: Doug Ryan
Oral History: Margaret Salazar
Oral History: Irv Sarnoff
Oral History: Barbara Sonneborn
Oral History: Charley Truilljo
Oral History: Bruce Weigel

Lesson 2 Civil Rights Oral Histories
Oral History: Bill Brent
Oral History: Clay Carson 2
Oral History: Dr. Maulana Karenga 1
Oral History: Dr. Maulana Karenga 2
Oral History: Lois Lundberg 2
Oral History: Bobby Seale

Lesson 2 Politics Oral Histories
Oral History: Lou Cannon
Oral History: Lionel Chetwynd
Oral History: Widening the Social Divide 1965-1966

Lesson 2 Tet Offensive Oral Histories
Oral History: John Baky
Oral History: Ezra Pratt 1
Oral History: Ezra Pratt 2
Oral History: Frank McAdams
Oral History: Barbara Sonneborn 1
Oral History: Barbara Sonneborn 2
Oral History: Winnie

Lesson 3
Lesson Plan #3: Coming to Terms: Stories of Southeast Asian Political Refugees

Lesson 3 Student Handouts
Field Journal Guidelines
Guidelines for Internet Research Team Presentation
Guidelines for Using Oral History
Internet-Based Research Project Guidelines for Working Collaboratively
Internet Research Project—Oral Histories from Southeast Asian Refugees Recommended Websites for Internet Research
KWL Chart
Oral History Process and Resources
Our Journeys, Our Communities: Southeast Asians In American History, By Khatharya Um
Southeast Asian Refugee Oral History Presentations: Guidelines for Working Collaboratively
Topics with Resources for Internet-based Research on Southeast Asian Countries and the Vietnam War

Lesson 3 Oral Histories
Oral History: Vu Hong Pham
Oral History: Anh Phong
Oral History: Lam Nguyen
Oral History: Ham Tran