The book has been written by Linda Coombs, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, and Mark Skipworth, journalist and former editor of the Daily Telegraph in London. It is the third state history book in a series of Chronicles published by What on Earth Publishing, a specialist in children’s non-fiction books. Learn More about What On Earth Publishing
An Educational Legacy
The Massachusetts Chronicles is accompanied by a comprehensive Educator’s Guide that features more than 60 activities designed around the book that can be used by educators in upper Elementary and Middle school grades. The guide, mapped to state standards across a range of subjects including social studies, has been written by a team of professional educators under the co-ordination of Rob Powers, social studies lead for Plymouth Public Schools.
Bridgewater State University
As one of the nation’s top teacher-training colleges, Bridgewater State University is providing a range of initiatives to support the roll out of the Massachusetts Chronicles throughout the state’s schools system. This includes the donation of a class set (32-copies) per school as well as a giant laminated 12 ft long wallchart edition of the timeline that is featured in the book. These resources, plus a printed Educators Guide, will be distributed to all schools throughout the state in the Fall of 2020, as part of the Plymouth 400 commemorations. Taken together these resources represent a donation to the state worth more than $1 million, and has been made possible thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Bruce and Patricia Bartlett. Teachers will also be able to earn professional development points through the Massachusetts Chronicles Microcredential which is currently being developed by Bridgewater’s faculty of Education and will be available from September 2020.
The Massachusetts Chronicles timeline features a series of QR codes that denote different centuries. Point any smartphone or tablet camera at these codes, and you will be transported to playlist of videos that tell moments of state history through the eyes of today’s students. Pupils can contribute to this living legacy by filming and uploading their own videos. Full instructions are available for educators and students in the Educator’s Guide.
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