A few weeks back, I talked about our new Mining Childhood Lesson Plans, which offer a child's-eye view of the copper mining town of Butte.
Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan is another resource that presents a child's perspective, in this case that of a girl growing up in the placer mining camps of Virginia City and Helena. The Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan Study Guide (Designed for students 6-10) includes lesson plans, vocabulary, chapter summaries and questions, alignment to the Common Core, and other information to facilitate classroom use of Girl from the Gulches. Book One, which provides a child’s-eye view of the mining frontier, is available to download at no charge as a PDF. Classroom sets of Girl from the Gulches can be purchased from the Montana Historical Society Museum Store by calling toll free 1-800-243-9900.
A shorter child's eye view, this time of the homestead frontier, is this excerpt from "Boyhood Recollections: A Narrative of Homestead Days in North Eastern Montana," by Otto Jorgensen.
On another note entirely, Anna Baldwin (2014 Montana Teacher of the Year) is offering a FREE online course: "HeartLines: Engaging Students with Tribal Materials and Common Core Skills".
The class focuses on integrating rich, tribally specific materials in ways that support the Montana Common Core Standards and your students’ engagement. Students can earn 30 OPI renewal units or 2 graduate credits (graduate credits cost $135).
The 10-week course begins Oct. 6. Registration deadline is Oct. 3. Find more information--including a link to register--here.