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An Exploration into Maine's History

Michelle Buehner, North Yarmouth Academy, Cumberland County

2015

3-5

  • Social Studies -- History

15 days

  • 1500-1774
  • 1775-1850
  • 1851-1920
  • 1921-today
  • Living in Maine

This investigation was designed to utilize the resources of the Maine Memory Network and the Library of Congress. Students will have the opportunity to create their own albums from MMN, research their local history, and that of the state of Maine. This is a progressive approach that begins with an investigation into Yarmouth, Maine’s history, however, it could easily be adapted for any home town. Part of the exploration includes suggested visits to the local historical society and discussions with the school historian.

The creative writing piece calls for students to become someone who lived in their town 100 years ago; they find the information they need be research on MMN and the Library of Congress and then write and share their stories. Along each step of the way, students created, saved, and shared albums of materials related to their research and work on MMN. The second part of this lesson is designed to coincide with the study of the history of the state of Maine and of the United States.

  • Students will be able to use primary and secondary sources to research and describe the history of their hometown, the state of Maine, and the United States.
  • Students will practice the skills involved in analyzing primary sources.

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A resource developed by the Maine Historical Society with support from the Teaching with Primary Resources grant from the Library of Congress