Teacher Edition



"Opening the Door West" is an indispensable aid to teaching the history of Ohio and the Northwest Territory. An expanded DVD version with bonus materials is now available along with a comprehensive Teacher's Guide on CD-ROM with more bonus materials.  This Multimedia Kit makes it extremely easy for teachers to integrate the two hour historical documentary into many different subject areas.


Shelburne films is proud to have worked with the experienced educational professionals at "eTSEO" (Educational Technology Services for Southeast Ohio) for over a year to develop this excellent Teacher's Guide, because we are convinced this will be an important resource in teaching Ohio history for decades to come.


The "Opening the Door West" documentary content  aligns with the Ohio Social Studies and Language Arts Academic Content Standards benchmarks and indicators for students in fourth and eighth grades.


The Teacher Resources Guide and Bonus Materials have been added to enhance teaching and learning of the Academic Content Standards.  The Guide and Bonus Materials extend learning experiences and provide suggestions for teaching topics related to Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science and Fine Arts content areas.


The "Opening the Door West Plus! Multimedia Kit" was created through a collaboration of Shelburne Films, WOUB Center for Public Media, and eTSEO through a grant from eTech Ohio.  The Teacher Resources Guide can be accessed online at www.woub.org/doorwestplus


The complete "Multimedia Kit" contains the Teacher Resources Guide plus all the bonus materials referenced in the guide (including the 4 full length music cuts, artwork, printable documents and drawings, and "primary source" writings which are not available online) on a convenient interactive CD-ROM disc which can be run directly or easily installed on your own computer.


There are also additional enrichment materials on this web site that teachers and students may freely use.


More information on the   program content can be found from our home page.



If you want to make a purchase, please contact:

Campus Martius Museum

601 Second Street 

Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-3750


Website: https://mariettamuseums.org/campus-martius/

Email: info@campusmartiusmuseum.org


Campus Martius Museum is built on the original site of the Ohio Company stockade. Two of the oldest buildings in Ohio are here: Rufus Putnam’s home which is enclosed inside the museum and the Ohio Company Land Office, where deeds were recorded. The museum’s exhibits present Marietta’s pivotal role in the founding (1788) and creation (1787) of the Northwest Territory.

Opening the Door West Plus! Multimedia Kit




Teacher Resources Guide:


Extensive guide with activities and teaching topics on 5 Social Studies areas plus Mathematics, Art, Music and Science topics.  Includes complete subject matter index of the documentary by chapter and timeframe.


DVD Expanded Content:


Additional Interviews - nearly one hour of additional insights and details on the topics from the documentary.


Animations - re-edited with new voiceovers to add more information about each settlement and fort.


CD-ROM Expanded Content:


Artwork, Original Documents, Writings of "Primary Sources" and full length Music Tracks.


Meets  Ohio Social Studies and Language Arts benchmarks and indicators   for the fourth and eighth grades.



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