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Finding Katahdin Online: Lesson Plans

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2.1 - What in the World is Maine

Objective: Students will compare and contrast early maps of Maine and New England with a present day map, discovering how the geographical concept of "Maine" has changed over time.

Subject: Geography, Nature, Mapping
Periods: 1
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Geography
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1c)

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2.2 - What Did You Say?

Objective: Students will experience the difficulties of communicating without a common language by simulating the experience of the Indians and the Europeans when they first met.

Subject: Language, Cultural Barriers, Communication, Wabanaki, Explorers
Periods: 1
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)

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2.3 - This Just In: Explorer Meets Wabanaki Indian

Objective: Students will articulate what they imagine to be the Wabanaki perspective on European exploration by writing and performing a newscast based on European accounts.

Subject: Wabanaki, Exploration, Cross-Culture
Periods: 4
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E2c)

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2.4 - Create Your Own Colony

Objective: Students will explore the kinds of challenges that faced the early colonists by creating their own plan for a colony, based on the plan of the Popham Colony.

Subject: Colonization, Colonial Studies, Geography
Periods: 4
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History, Applications
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1c)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)

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2.5 - According to Tradition

Objective: Students will analyze Joseph Nicolar's telling of the coming of the white man and will evaluate it as a historical document.

Subject: Wabanaki, Exploration, Oral History
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1d)

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2.6 - Further Readings: Chapter Two

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 Two.

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