Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2011

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Don B. Woodcock

Second Committee Member

Delores Cleary

Third Committee Member

Yukari Amos


One of the things that makes Washington State a culturally competent and perceptive place to live is its deep history and appreciation of the migration of its' people. This project is designed to serve as a model and resource for upper elementary school teachers that are seeking to integrate the migration of people into their Washington State History curriculum. A sample inquiry-based curriculum for upper elementary school students "The Migration of People" is offered as a depiction of exceptional classroom practice. Student roles, activities, and assessment methods are portrayed, along with thier connection to core curriculum content and the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. The purpose of this project is to provide teachers with evidence that teaching about the migration of people with an inquiry based model can give an integrated, multicultural understanding of Washington State History.