History & Social Studies


Course No. SS418m, SS518,

In this diversified driving tour experience, you’ll make your way to at least 30 cultural and historic sites in the Seattle Metro Area, where you’ll discover cultural museums, historic sites, beautiful cultural gardens, and a blend of the area’s visual and performing arts. Along the way, you’ll develop dozens of ideas for bringing the study of Seattle’s culture to your students, both in the classroom and on field trips.  

This course is appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades K-12.  Upon registration with the Heritage Institute, the instructor will send the course manual free of charge.  Choose and read an additional text resource from the annotated bibliography on pages 8 & 9 of this syllabus.

The Co-Instructor for this course is Jake Gordon, M.S. Ed.

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  1. Learned the cultural history of Seattle, from the Native Americans tribes that once inhabited the area, to pioneers and the story of the Gold Rush.
  2. Discovered the significance of European, Asian and African Culture in Seattle, past and present.
  3. Explored the variety of visual and performing arts in the Seattle area, and how art helps shape the culture of the Metro area today.
  4. Learned the history of aviation in Seattle, with visits to several aviation museums and historic aviation sites.
  5. Understood the importance of remembering the past, by visiting several memorials in the metro area (War Memorials, Firefighter Memorial) and historic cemeteries.
  6. Become familiar with the importance of science, technology and transportation in today’s modern society with visits to the Museum of History & Industry, The Pacific Science Center, the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, and other museums.

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