Lesson Plans

Below is a collection of lesson plans about cultural heritage and archaeology.

 

Organization: Abbe Museum

Description: Lesson plan designed to provide an alternative to the “typical” Thanksgiving Day lessons, with non-Indian bias.

Age group or class level: Grades 3-5

Giving Thanks (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: Abbe Museum

Description: Lesson plan created to teach children about differences in an attempt to combat racism and discrimination amongst youth.

Age group or class level: Grades 6-8

Growing up with Stereotypes: A Native Woman’s Perspective (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: Abbe Museum

Description: A lesson plan with an explanation about Rhonda Frey’s talk in Stockholm Springs back in 2008 and an activity related to said talk.

Age group or class level: Grades 8-9

Current Events in Stereotypes and Racism- Stockholm Springs (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: Abbe Museum

Description: This unit is designed for educators interested in Wabanaki Studies, Maine Studies and/or for educators planning a visit to the Abbe Museum. Students use events from the Abbe Museum Online Timeline of Wabanaki History to demonstrate how Wabanaki peoples have maintained their cultural identity over time.

Age group or class level: Geades K-12

Wabanaki People- A Story of Cultural Continuity (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: Adventure Learning Foundation

Description: Blast stereotypes with  "across the curriculum" activities for students of all ages.

Age group or class level: All grades/class levels

Exploring Native Americans Across the Curriculum

 

 

 

Organization: Adventure Learning Foundation

Description: In this lesson, students will look closely at the unrehearsed stories that people tell each other every day ("natural narratives") and discover their underlying organization. Using the model for natural narratives created by linguist William Labov, students will break down a story told on film by a Finnish man, as well as natural narratives of their own, in order to identify the structure common to well-developed narratives. For more information on sociolinguistics and narrative analysis, please see the Resources section of this lesson.

Age group or class level: Grades 9-12, college

Steam of Life (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: Adventure Learning Foundation

Description: A lesson plan to help teach students about the multifaceted and ever changing concept of culture. This lesson will introduce students to what the basics of culture are and how one can see culture in everyday life.

Age group or class level: Grade 9

What is Culture?

 

 

 

Organization: Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Description: A lesson plan teaching about the slave trade market in America, the living conditions for the slaves and the legacy of the slave trade.

Age group or class level: Middle School/High School students

“A Loathsome Prison:” Slave Trading in Antebellum Alexandria (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Description: A lesson explaining the history behind the 1939 Alexandra Library Sit-In and its historical implications.

Age group or class level: Middle School/High School students

America’s First Sit-Down Strike: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In  (PDF)

 

 

 

Organization: AskERIC

Description: In this lesson plan, students (grades 11-12) examine photographs of the Nubian environment and the Nubian people. Students critically examine artifacts of ancient Nubia and write a two page essay outlining the Nubian environment, describing the Nubia people, and explaining how they adapted physically, materially, politically, and intellectually to their environment.

Age group or class level: Grades 11-12

Lesson Plan: Ancient Nubia Inquiry Lesson