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The Portland Observatory

All Grades
Learn about the history and use of this Portland landmark. Lessons explore history, communications, science, and museum visits, among other topics. Come inside!

Longfellow & the Forging of American Identity

All Grades
Thirty teachers from Maine and Massachusetts have undertaken an intensive two year study of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's life and poetry through a program created by the Maine Humanities Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program–Longfellow and the Forging of American Identity–is designed to bring the life and work of Maine's Henry Wadsworth Longfellow back into the curriculum–in English, Social Studies, American Studies, Art, Music, and other subjects. See their work!

See and use the resources they have created!

Using Source Documents in the Classroom

All Grades
This lesson plan introduces teachers how to use a source document and the Maine Memory Network in classrooms. It can be used in any grade and will require one or more source documents, which can be found by searching the Maine Memory Network for the topic of your choice.

Download the lesson plan (PDF, 16K)

Mapping Portland, 1690 - 1900

Middle School
Historical maps, like all historical documents, can be interpreted in many ways. This lesson plan uses five maps to trace the development of Portland from its earliest settlements.

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