Thursday, December 8, 2016

PowerPoint Lesson Plans

We created our first PowerPoint-based lesson plan in 2010. That particular lesson plan, "Railroads Transform Montana," emphasizes how trains affected the social, economic, and physical landscape of Montana. The delivery method is a scripted PowerPoint, essentially providing you the expertise to become your own guest speaker. 

Since 2010 we've added a number of these PowerPoint Lesson plans to our offerings. Some of them are written to be interactive (see, for example, the lesson on the "Yanktonai Dakota (Sioux) Winter Count.")  Others offer information in a more traditional lecture format (see, for example, "Sun Dance in Silver Bow: Urban Indian Poverty in the Shadow of the Richest Hill on Earth". Several of them were created as part of larger units (see, for example, Montana’s Twentieth-Century Immigrants: Mexicans, Hutterites, and Hmong (designed for use with the Coming to Montana: Immigrants from around the World Footlocker). All of them (I believe) deserve wider use.

That's why we've created a new page on our website, PowerPoint Lesson Plans, to make it easier to find these PowerPoints and incorporate them into your curriculum. I hope you find them useful. Feedback welcome. 

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