Monday, March 30, 2015

Lewis and Clark Resources: A Followup

I received some good follow-up from my recent post on teaching the Corps of Discovery.

Dalene Normand, who teaches fourth grade in Frenchtown, wrote: "The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail offers a junior ranger program. I printed off the questions and have had our 4th graders do it as a web quest at the end of our Lewis and Clark unit.  I then send in all their packets and they get a pretty cool Lewis and Clark Historic Trail Junior Ranger patch."

Jodi Delaney, fourth-fifth grade in Helena, wrote: "Regarding your earlier question about teaching sensitive topics (see here and here) -- I start the prejudice and racism conversation with Lewis and Clark, two well-meaning men leading an expedition for a president and a country steeped in a long tradition of racism and false superiority.  We have a lot of point-of-view conversations..." (By the way, there was a great article about Jodi's class and her unit on the Great Depression in the Helena Independent Record. Inspiring and worth reading!)

Moffie Funk, who teaches 7th grade at Montana City, also chimed in: "I am in your camp in re Lewis and Clark -- but despite ... the great chapter about newcomers [in the Montana: Stories of the Land textbook] ... my students are still convinced they changed the world.  I guess it is that early elementary school indoctrination. Here is the link to that dated but still wonderful article from Slate ["Lewis and Clark. Stop Celebrating. They Don't Matter."] Moffie created all the worksheets for the Montana: Stories of the Land -- and used excerpts from this article for one of the worksheets that accompany Chapter 4, "Newcomers Explore the Region."

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