Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Jonathan Bartels

Academic Year



Throughout the country at this time, Social Studies curriculum has come under scrutiny, especially in areas that try to promote a diverse/inclusive or multicultural curriculum. These efforts have been met with a large amount of resistance from community members and stakeholders in many school districts. The research however has shown that by having a diverse and inclusive historical curriculum, students from all demographics benefit and have increased levels of empathy towards marginalized groups of students. Within this type of curriculum students are able to analyze and understand a multicultural history, especially when diverse or missing narratives are included that can help frame a historical event more accurately. Utilizing components of Critical Race Theory, Opportunity to Learn, and a Multicultural Approach will provide teachers examples of a model unit plan that incorporates a diverse/inclusive set of perspectives in a well-known historical event covered in US History.