Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Published! My Lesson is On the Web

How do you spell excitement?  My lesson is now part of the Montana Historical Society website.  It is "kinda" scarey.  Will people like it?  Will they use it?  Is it to much?

I love research.  Martha took  my massive amount of information and helped me sculpt it into a richer piece.  Martha thank you.  The graphic artist did an amazing job!

Here is the link http://mhs.mt.gov/education/educators.asp

This page is under "Outreach & Interpretation"

Montana has adopted the "Common Core Standards".  Part of those standards involve using primary sources in the classroom.  I love the timing.  One of my favorite pieces is the "Scavenger Hunt".  This is an easy piece to do in the classroom to give kids a taste of thinking like a historian.  Then if you are interested you can go deeper.

"Girl from the Gulches:  The Story of Mary Ronan"   http://mhs.mt.gov/pub/press/girl.asp is an awesome mentor text to connect to articles from "The Montana Post".  Montana's first newspaper, it was published in Virginia City, Montana.  It tells the story of a mining boom town.

I hope you check it out.  Every state has digitized some of their historic newspapers.  You can take my lesson and give it a regional spin reflecting the history from your state.  Let me know what you think.


  1. My goodness, Ruth, where did you find the time to do this? I looked it up & downloaded it, will work with it a little to apply to CO, but it is so comprehensive it will take some time. Your resources are extensive, too, & the activities look good. I know some of the primary teachers do Colorado history sometimes with their classes so I'll be sure to share with them. You should be proud & it seems from your words that you are very excited. Congratulations on this accomplishment!

  2. I think Girl from the Gulches would work with Colorado history. It is such a great story.

    Thank you for your generous words. They warm my toes.


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