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Finding Katahdin Online: Lesson Plans

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4.1 - The Maine State Seal

Objective: Students will explore the significance of the symbols on the Maine State Seal and evaluate their relevance to life in present day Maine.

Subject: Symbols of Maine
Periods: 3
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)

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4.2 - The Revolution in Falmouth: Points of View

Objective: Students will analyze Reverend Thomas Smith's account of the burning of Falmouth for information about Smith's economic class and political beliefs.

Subject: Role Play, Revolutionary War
Periods: 2
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1d)

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4.3 - When Maine was Part of Massachusetts

Objective: Students will get a sense of Maine's proportions & boundaries when it was part of Massachusetts by examining Osgood Carleton's 1795 map of Maine.

Subject: Mapping, Geography, Colonial Settlement
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades, 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Geography
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1b)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1c)

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4.4 - To Compromise or Not to Compromise: The Missouri Question

Objective: Students will debate issues surrounding the Missouri Compromise, and make a personal judgment based on the arguments they hear.

Subject: Debate, Civil War Politics, Slavery
Periods: 3
Grades: 6th-8th Grades, 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Applications, History
Learning Results:
   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)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1f)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1e)

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4.5 - What Makes Us Free?: Maine's Declaration of Rights

Objective: Students will create their own individual bills of rights after reading and evaluating Maine's Declaration of Rights.

Subject: Maine State Constitution
Periods: 3
Grades: 9th Grade-Diploma
Content Areas: Civics & Government
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: CIVICS & GOVERNMENT (B1b)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: CIVICS & GOVERNMENT (B1c)

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4.6 - Further Readings: Chapter Four

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 Four.

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