High School


North Dakota History: Readings about the Northern Plains State is primarily intended as a high school textbook and is designed to promote and encourage a better understanding of the state’s history. The content in North Dakota History has been collected from more than 100 years of articles published by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. This anthology is enriched with several first-person accounts that invite readers to listen to one person’s experience at a particular time in North Dakota’s past. In addition, more than 340 historical photographs of events, places, people, and objects bring the past into a clearer perspective.


The articles presented in North Dakota History are grouped into seven units arranged in chronological order. Each unit is introduced by a narrative that briefly develops the outline of important events of that era in state history. A Teacher Resource Gide is available to accompany North Dakota History. The purpose of the Teacher Resource Guide is to assist the teacher in teaching about North Dakota History. It is intended to be interdisciplinary and to act as a guide to supplement other activities that may be used in the classroom.  

Primary Document Sets

Primary document sets, designed to accompany and supplement North Dakota History, are designed to enhance the study of the history of North Dakota from the pre-historic era to the present.

Primary sources are first person documents, often created by people who were present at the event. These might include letters, diaries, official reports, photographs, maps, or artifacts. Each of the primary sources presented in this web site tells a story of the way the people who lived here brought about changes in their economic activities, social relationships, and political structures.

The documents included here represent only a small portion of the materials held by the archives and museum of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. These primary sources were selected because they offer details about events that happened here, or events, such as international wars, in which North Dakotans participated.

Primary document sets are organized to match the chronological divisions of the textbook. Each unit corresponds to a unit in the textbook. Teachers can choose one or more document sets from each unit to use in conjunction with the textbook. Each document set has a brief introduction which places the documents in historic context. Activities associated with most of the document sets encourage students to develop skill in the interpretation and collecting of historical events as well as competence in both critical and historical thinking. More documents will be added to this digitized collection in the future.

North Dakota Indian Studies

To promote a better knowledge and understanding of North Dakota’s four tribal nations, online curriculum guides have been developed to present the history and culture of these Indian nations.

The guides are intended to serve as a resource about these four tribal nations, from their origin to contemporary society.  The material presents a generalized overview about tribal history, traditional and contemporary governments, demographics, cultures, and creation narratives for each tribal nation.

The online content is presented with the hope that readers will develop a better understanding about the people at Standing Rock, Spirit Lake, Turtle Mountain, and the Three Affiliated tribal nations.

ND Studies Content Standards

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