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LC Subject Heading: Poems

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Item 13744

Illustrated verse, Limington, ca. 1820

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1820 Media: ink and watercolor

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Item 5431

Engraving of Evangeline, by James Faed, ca. 1854

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1755 Media: Ink on paper

Item 11173

Evangeline Doll

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1755 Media: Plastic, cloth

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Lesson Plan

Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Maine's Acadian Community: "Evangeline," Le Grand Dérangement, and Cultural Survival

Grade Level: 9-12 Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson plan will introduce students to the history of the forced expulsion of thousands of people from Acadia, the Romantic look back at the tragedy in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous epic poem Evangeline and the heroine's adoption as an Acadian cultural figure, and Maine's Acadian community today, along with their relations with Acadian New Brunswick and Nova Scotia residents and others in the Acadian Diaspora. Students will read and discuss primary documents, compare and contrast Le Grand Dérangement to other forced expulsions in Maine history and discuss the significance of cultural survival amidst hardships brought on by treaties, wars, and legislation.