OER Project & standards alignment

OER Project & standards alignment

Thanks to the hard work of educators across the country, we are pleased to provide a variety of teacher-generated course plans and standards alignment documents for all our current OER Project offerings: the Big History Project and our three World History Project (WHP) courses: Origins to the Present, 1750 to the Present, and 1200 to the Present. Not only can you find these planning assets organized below by course, you can also explore them by state and see what teachers in your state have created. While we have created suggested standards alignment documents and course plans aligned to specific states’ world history course periodizations and standards requirements, you will also find alternative course plan options below for many states, as we recognize that not all schools and districts are the same! Feel free to use the planning assets that work best for you and your classroom context!

If you don’t see your state represented below, don’t worry—you may still find that some of the plans align quite nicely with your own standards, especially when it comes to states that have a similar world history periodization. This page will keep growing as we add more states to the list, add and update standards alignment documentation, and continue to create state-specific course plans and case studies. We recommend bookmarking this page (along with our handy planning resources hub) and returning often to see what’s new! And if you’re curious about the status of alignment materials for your state, feel free to reach out to team@oerproject.com. Happy planning!



For all our courses, we offer generic course plans that can be tailored to fit any context:

Note that you can find additional teacher-generated BHP course plans in the Planning Your Year section of Teaching Big History.

Here is a list of state-specific WHP course plans organized by course. You will also find state-specific standards alignment documentation organized by states below.

WHP Origins WHP 1200 WHP 1750


cactus wren


 northern mockingbird


California quail


 Lark bunting


 American robin


wood thrush


 northern mockingbird


 brown thrasher


northern cardinal



brown pelican


Baltimore oriole


American Robin


 mountain bluebird

New Jersey

 american goldfinch

New York

eastern bluebird

North Carolina



 northern cardinal


 ruffled grouse


 northern mockingbird




Northern cardinal






State birds image credits

  • Arizona: The cactus wren often nests in cactus to avoid predators and is the state bird of Arizona. © John Cancalosi / Photolibrary / Getty Images Plus
  • Arkansas: Northern mockingbird. © Diana Robinson Photography / Moment / Getty Images
  • California: The California quail, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA. © Dickson Images / Photolibrary / Getty Images
  • Colorado: Lark bunting on a fencepost. The lark bunting is the state bird for Colorado. © creighton359 / iStock / Getty Images Plus
  • Connecticut: American Robin bird at the beginning of the springtime. © Roberto Machado Noa / Moment / Getty Images
  • DC: A wood thrush bathing in woodland wetland. It is the state bird for DC. © Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images Plus
  • Florida: Northern Mockingbird, state bird of Florida and many others, member of the Mimidae family. © spates / iStock / Getty Images Plus
  • Georgia: A Brown Thrasher perches on a bough of a pine tree on a spring day. © outtakes / iStock / Getty Images Plus
  • Illinois: The northern cardinal among pear tree blossoms. It is the state bird of Illinois © Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images Plus
  • Iowa: American goldfinch is the state bird for Iowa. © Gary Carter / Corbis Documentary / Getty Images
  • Louisiana: A brown pelican flying off coast. It is the state bird of Louisiana. © Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images Plus
  • Maryland: A Baltimore oriole foraging during migration. It is the state bird of Maryland. © Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images Plus
  • Michigan: The American robin in the spring woods. It is the state bird of Michigan. © Johann Schumacher / Photolibrary / Getty Images Plus 
  • Nevada: Mountain bluebird feeding its young. It is the state bird for Nevada. © Sue Hsu / Getty Images
  • New Jersey: American Gold Finch perching pretty on an evening primrose plant. It is the state bird for New Jersey © Danita BirdImages / E+ / Getty Images
  • New York: The eastern bluebird s a small bird found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards. It is the state bird of New York. © Danita Delimont Gallo Images / Getty Images
  • North Carolina: Northern cardinal landing on a stump. It is the state bird of North Carolina. © Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images Plus
  • Ohio: Close-up of northern cardinal perching on branch. © Zach Kohlman / 500px / Getty Images
  • Pennsylvania: This ruffed grouse is drumming on a log with his outstretched feathers. The Pennsylvania state bird is the ruffled grouse. © photobirder / iStock / Getty Images Plus
  • Texas: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) in a dogwood tree with flowers. © Steve Byland / iStock / Getty Images Plus
  • Utah: Portrait of a seagull, the state bird for Utah. © keithsutherland / RooM / Getty Images
  • Virginia: Cardinal in winter, the state bird of Virginia. © Gary Carter / Corbis Documentary / Getty Images
  • Washington: The American goldfinch in summer plumage. It is the state bird of Washington. © Danita Delimont / Gallo Images / Getty Images Plus
  • Wisconsin: American Robin eating berries in a tree © jamesvancouver / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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