For years, Tennessee history buff Bill Carey has been concerned about the lack of state history in the schools. Now he is seizing what he thinks is an opportunity to reverse that trend.
Carey is taking advantage of the new Common Core standards that require English and reading teachers to make use of more nonfiction.
He said many English and reading teachers don't know where to find good nonfiction texts. His nonprofit, Tennessee History for Kids, has created two booklets for use in those classes.
One for elementary and middle school is composed of historical essays with titles like "David Crockett loses his pants."
The high school booklet mostly uses primary sources. So "A trip for some powder" is written by David Crockett himself.
More information is available at www.tnhistoryforkids.org.