Activity 2a: Major historical event.

After completing the first week’s readings, write a 4-6 page paper describing a major historical event that has affected curriculum in a long-term manner. The event should be relevant to American education and its curriculum even if it occurred internationally. The paper should include the following:

  • A brief description of the event, but grounded in the literature and developed appropriately.
  • Discuss how it impacted the curriculum in American education. (i.e., Explain how the event had an impact? What specific following events occurred that directly tie to this historical event -think cause/effect or correlation; be specific and provide examples).
  • Who were the stakeholders responsible for the event and affected by it.
  • Describe how the event has influenced your understanding of education and the curriculum in the United States.
  • A prediction of what may have happened had the event not occurred, preferably grounded in the literature that supports it.
  • Evidence, if any, of how it relates to the curriculum work you do in your current school or work context   (SLO 1, 2, 4)

Here are some specifications and suggestions:


  1. The deliverable for this assignment is a short narrative. This is about 4-6 pages double-spaced typed using12-point font. It is the quality of your words we are interested in, not the quantity.
  2. Subheadings (level 1-2) are helpful to provide structure for your paper (Introduction- the event name, Impact on United States Education, etc. – see p. 41 of APA 6th Manual).
  3. Revise and proofread/edit your work! Use correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. This is expected in all graduate-level writing.
  4. Ensure that you support your position with sources that inform it (course readings, external literature, etc.).
  5. Provide examples when appropriate to support your thoughts, opinions, and perspectives.
  6. Limit quotations; cite sources instead. Only quote if it is something unique to the literature that should not be stated in your own words. Remember, you only have so many words… this narrative needs to be your work.
  7. You may use first person. Do NOT use the phrase “the writer/the author” when referring to yourself. Few journals consider this appropriate.
  8. Organize your materials and develop a cogent and clear introduction (with a focused thesis) and conclusion.
  9. Be very careful to avoid plagiarism (even self-plagiarism).
  10. Use APA style.


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