Benchmarks for Educators who teach Louisiana History

Hidden History LLC has adopted specific benchmarks to supplement the State of Louisiana’s Social Studies benchmarks for elementary and high schools.

HH provides resources for educators in the form of lesson plans, presentations and tours to enhance the educational enrichment for pupils and students. Below are the specific benchmarks for grades 5 – 8 for the State of Louisiana as well as the specific benchmarks offered by HH. Your inquiries are welcomed.

HH provides an introduction to Louisiana history that is generally suppressed from the school textbooks of public and private schools. This includes history that is not included in the standards established for the state of Louisiana. It is for this reason that HH believes that the current educational standards for the state of Louisiana need serious reform. The following reflects HH standards, benchmarks and general learning outcomes that HH strives to achieve:  

A.  Focus: Examines the suppressed story of the Africans, the victims of enslavement, the struggle for change, and the social conditions of French, Spanish colonial Louisiana, the role of the Corps d’ Afrique in the Civil War, the Black Reconstruction government and their white allies, the Counterrevolution during Reconstruction, the Jim Crow period and the Modern Civil Rights movement. Students get introduced to their ancestors’ role in changing Louisiana and the United States.

B.  Standard: Students develop a positive sense of self worth as they learn their history in this community, state and country.  

Benchmarks by the State of Louisiana 
for Grades 5-8

Title 28 EDUCATION Part CXXI. Bulletin 1964 – Louisiana Content Standards,

Benchmarks, and Grade Level Expectations for Social Studies. Chapter 9. History: Strand Four, page 10.
As students in Grades 5-8 extend their knowledge with:
1. Historical Thinking Skills  
a.  Describing chronological relationships and patterns  
b.  Demonstrating historical perspective through the political, social and economic context in which an event or idea occurred.  
c.  Analyzing the impact that specific individuals, ideas, events, and decisions had on the course of history.  
d.  Analyzing historical data using primary and secondary sources  
e.  Identifying issues and problems from the past and evaluating alternative courses of action.  
f.  Conducting research in efforts to answer historical questions.  

2. United States History  
a.  Era 8: The Great Depression and World War ll (1929-1945) 
b.  Contemporary United States (1945 – Present)

3. Louisiana History  
a.  Describing the contributions of people, events, movements, and ideas that have been significant in the history of Louisiana.  
b.  Tracing the development of the various governments that have been established in Louisiana throughout its history. 
c.  Identifying and discussing the major conflicts in Louisiana’s past. 

Benchmarks by Hidden History LLC  
Grades 5 - 8

As students in Grades 5 – 8 advance their knowledge, the tours strive to develop students’ critical thinking skills and their knowledge of true history. In so doing, the efforts to devalue the ‘African American psyche’ and to ‘marginalize African Americans’ are repelled.  

1. Critical Thinking Skills  
a.  Describing the newly freed and former oppressor relationships, particularly the political and economic relationships.  
b.  Analyzing the impact of the Black Reconstruction government on the newly freed.  
c.  Analyzing the impact that the doctrine of ‘white supremacy’ had on the former enslaved population, including specific individuals, events and decisions. 
d.  Analyzing the impact that the Catholic Church had on the newly freed.  
e.  Analyzing historical data using primary and secondary sources.  
f.  Demonstrating what triggered resistance,protests, revolts and the aims of the newly free.  

2. Knowledge of and history of Louisiana   
a.  Explaining the role of the Louisiana Black troops who fought for freedom in the Civil War; the largest number came from Louisiana.  
b.  Illustrating the battles of the Civil War including the forced surrender of General Robert E. Lee by Black troops.  
c.  Demonstrating the fight by the newly freed to rearrange society into a democratic and fairer society by highlighting the first daily Black newspaper in the United States, i.e., the New Orleans Tribune.