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Finding Katahdin Online: Lesson Plans

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11.1 - Margaret Chase Smith's Declaration of Conscience

Objective: Students will be able to articulate the significance of Margaret Chase Smith's Declaration of Conscience and its influence on twentieth century politics.

Subject: McCarthyism, Cold War, Communism, Classroom Debate, Margaret Chase Smith
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: Applications
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1c)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1e)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1f)

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11.2 - The Declaration of Conscience in Cartoons

Objective: Students will be able to explain the significance of Margaret Chase Smith's Declaration of Conscience by analyzing political cartoons depicting different attitudes reactions speech.

Subject: Margaret Chase Smith, Political Cartoons, McCarthism, Cold War, Communism
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1d)

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11.3 - Influence History: Edit A Newspaper

Objective: Students will learn to judge the importance of current events and to estimate their future impact on history by editing their own newspapers and comparing their editorial decisions with those of their classmates.

Subject: Media, Current Events
Periods: 4
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: History, Applications
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1d)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1f)

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11.4 - Understanding the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement

Objective: Students will be able to articulate the central dispute in the Maine Indian Land Claims Case, and based on selected articles and facts, make their own judgments about how fair the settlement was.

Subject: Classroom Debate, Wabanaki Land Claims Settlement (1980), Legal Policy
Periods: 4
Grades: 6th-8th Grades, 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: History, Applications
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1e)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1c)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1f)

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11.5 - Where Are You? Who Are You?

Objective: Students will observe and map patterns of land use in their own neighborhoods, and articulate the ways in which their environments help shape their identities.

Subject: Urban Geogaphy, Mapping
Periods: 4
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Geography
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1d)

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11.6 - Further Readings: Chaptrer Eleven

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 Eleven.

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