New history curriculum based on 1940s drama ‎

By Laura Devaney
October 6th, 2015

Curriculum gives students an opportunity to learn about The Manhattan Project

history-curriculumWGN America and Young Minds Inspired, a provider of free educational outreach programs, have teamed to bring a unique history and social studies curriculum to high school and college students across the nation, inspired by the Emmy Award-winning series, “Manhattan.”

The critically acclaimed series, which returns for its second season on Tuesday, October 13 (9:00 pm ET / 8:00 p.m. CT) on WGN America, is set in the 1940s during The Manhattan Project and follows the tangled lives of the scientists who were responsible for building the world’s first atomic bomb, in an unforgettable moment in American history.

The educational program, created by the curriculum specialists at Young Minds Inspired, offers teachers tools to give their students the opportunity to learn more about The Manhattan Project, which not only marked the beginning of the atomic era but also led to the development of national security agencies that still exist today. The toolkits provided to educators across the nation will include a teacher’s guide, student activity sheets, Common Core Standards, and a set of educational guidelines that are designed to align states with equal curricular goals in every subject.

“We are pleased to partner with Young Minds Inspired to bring to students across the nation an engaging and enlightening curriculum based on ‘Manhattan,’ said Brian Dollenmayer, executive vice president, marketing and promotions, WGN America. “We’re excited that through this partnership ‘Manhattan’ can spark a vibrant conversation in the classroom about this transformative time in history and the ways in which it has impacted modern society.”

“The Manhattan Project provides an ideal case study for history students, encapsulating a wide range of social, political, and ethical issues that remain urgent and challenging today,” said Dr. Dominic Kinsley, editor in chief at Young Minds Inspired. “With ‘Manhattan,’ WGN America enables history teachers to bring this era to life in the classroom, and we are delighted to help WGN America provide teachers with the tools to take full advantage of this unique learning resource.”

The educational materials, which meet all the guidelines and curricular standards for social studies and history, will consist of background information and research that students will be able to access to become more well-informed on the critical period of U.S. and world history that is depicted in “Manhattan.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura