About The Book

Colorado History Detectives enables school-aged readers to learn Colorado and American West history by doing it.  MSU Denver History Department faculty Laugen and Frisbee guide students though the process of interpreting primary sources by starting with questions rather than answers.  Thematically organized chapters include maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, diary excerpts, and other sources to create multiple opportunities for students to practice and master literacy and inquiry skills.  Students can do history by reconstructing the past from different perspectives than a simple textbook would provide.  Even elementary students can engage with the past by using this book.  Cover design by Chrystyna Banks, MSU Denver.