Note: This post is an assignment for a School Library Media/Materials course.

Wilson, T. V. & Frey, H. (2015, February 23). The road to Brown v. Board of Education. Stuff you Missed in History Class Podcast. Podcast retrieved from:

Wilson, T. V. & Frey, H. (2015, February 25). The aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education. Stuff you Missed in History Class Podcast. Podcast retrieved from:


Note: The above are examples of the podcast content. Analysis is based on the above episodes and curriculum specifics will vary from episode to episode.

Qualitative Analysis (Text Complexity measure analyzed using SCASS/Achieve the Core):

Stuff You Missed in History Class is overall slightly to moderately complex to understand.

Text Structure: Connections between ideas or events are implicit or subtle; organization is evident and generally sequential or chronological. This is an audio podcast and there are no text features or use of graphics in the podcast. Text and graphics can be accessed through the companion website and will enhance the reader’s understanding of content is accessed.  Graphics used on the website are mostly supplementary to understanding the text of the podcast.

Language Features: Language is explicit and easy to understand with some occasions for more complex meaning. The language is contemporary, familiar, and conversational. Sentences are primarily simple and compound sentences, with some complex constructions.

Purpose: Explicitly stated, clear, concrete, focused purpose, but varies from episode to episode.

Knowledge Demands: Understanding of this podcast relies on everyday, practical knowledge; includes simple, concrete ideas ranging to more complex concepts. There are some references or allusions to other texts or outside ideas, theories, depending on the episode.


Curricular Content standards:

AASL 21st Century Standards:

1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.

1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or strategies when necessary to achieve success.

2.1.1 Continue an inquiry-based research process by applying critical-thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, organization) to information and knowledge in order to construct new understandings, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge.

3.1.1 Conclude an inquiry-based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning.

3.3.2 Respect the differing interests and experiences of others, and seek a variety of viewpoints.

4.1.1 Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.

Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3 Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.5 Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9 Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.


It is apparent from my reviews that I have been influenced by current events in which items I have chosen to review. I have no doubt that the current events in Baltimore, Ferguson and elsewhere have had me thinking about the civil rights movement and as such I decided to review episodes based on Brown v. Board of Education. I learned about Brown v. Board in many courses throughout my educational career, though I can’t remember much beyond the basic result of the case. This podcast really expanded my knowledge of the case and I feel would be an excellent supplementary text for history classes at most levels. What makes it a great resource is it covers elements that most history texts and classes either omit or gloss over. The podcast would provide depth and some greater understanding to events that are often whittled down to a historical date to be memorized.


Stuff You Missed in History Class