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Finding Katahdin Online: Lesson Plans

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5.1 - Freedom Is...

Objective: Students will explore various ideas of freedom by comparing the profiles of seven Mainers from the early 19th century.

Subject: Nationalism, Freedom, American Ideals
Periods: 2
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 (B2b)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: CIVICS & GOVERNMENT (B2d)

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5.2 - Maine in 1790: A Demographic Study

Objective: Students will analyze and graph results from the 1790 Maine census, and look at information on population distribution by county and town.

Subject: Census
Periods: 3
Grades: 6th-8th Grades, 9th Grade-Diploma, 8th Grade
Content Areas: Geography, Applications, Mathematics
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1c)
   Grade Level: 9th Grade-Diploma; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1c)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1d)
   Grade Level: 8th Grade; Content Area: Mathematics: DATA (B3)

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5.3 - Robinson v. Barlow and the White Indians: A Trial

Objective: Students will judge the actions of Nathan Barlow and the White Indians by putting them on trial in the classroom.

Subject: Justice, Trial, Courtroom Proceedings, Classroom Debate
Periods: 4
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: History
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: HISTORY (E1b)

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5.4 - A Book of Eighteenth Century Herbal Remedies

Objective: Students will explore the kinds of medicines used by midwives in the late 1700s by researching several herbs used by Martha Ballard.

Subject: Herbal Medicine, Healing, Midwifery, Martha Ballard
Periods: 2
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Content Areas: Geography, Science and Technology, Applications
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: GEOGRAPHY (D1d)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Science & Technology: ENTERPRISE (C3)
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Science & Technology: ENTERPRISE (C4)

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5.5 - Playing School

Objective: Students will experience the kind of discipline and moral education that was common in a 19th century schoolhouse and compare it to the present day.

Subject: Nineteenth Century Learning/Schooling
Periods: 1
Grades: 6th-8th Grades
Learning Results:
   Grade Level: 6th-8th Grades; Content Area: Social Studies: APPLICATIONS (A1c)

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5.6 - Further Readings: Chapter Five

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 Five.

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