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Finding Katahdin Online: Lesson Plans

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1.1 - Be an Archaeologist

Objective: Students will "play" archaeologist by using photographs of actual Native artifacts found at the Turner Farm Site on North Haven Island to make observations about the activities of ancient Wabanaki cultures.

Subject: Native Americans, Wabanaki, Artifacts, Shell Heap, Material Culture
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: Applications, History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1f)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1d)

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1.2 - Gluskap Story Skits

Objective: Students will read and analyze a Gluskap story, discussing the values it demonstrates. They will then perform a dramatized version of the story for their classmates.

Subject: Native Americans, Wabanaki, Folklore, Myth & Legend
Periods: 3
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History, English Language Arts
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E2a)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: English Language Arts: READING (A2)

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1.3 - Meeting in a Fishbowl: Consensus vs. Democracy

Objective: Students will compare and contrast democratic and the consensus decision-making processes through simulation.

Subject: Debate, Justice, Local Government
Periods: 3
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Civics & Government
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: CIVICS & GOVERNMENT (B3b)

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1.4 - Mapping in Words

Objective: Students will create maps with descriptive place names in order to understand the personal relationship Wabanaki peoples had with their environment.

Subject: Geography, Community, Nomenclature
Periods: 1

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1.5 - Further Readings: Chapter One

Objective: This document contains a list of secondary sources, periodicals, websites, and other media that will assist in the continued study of the material in Finding Katahdin, Chapter One.

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