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3rd Grade History Unit Design: Native Americans of North America
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This unit on American Indians: By studying the regions of the United States and the cultures that live in each region, students are able to compare/contrast within regions and across regions how tribes used their environments, and their cultural and other contributions to American life.

Note that the emphasis here is on broader groups of tribes for each region with some instruction on specific tribes representing each region. In no way is this case study approach to learning about one tribe meant to be generalized to all tribes of that region. We understand that each tribe was and continues to be unique in its culture, practices, lifeways, and traditions.

Subject:
World Cultures
Elementary Education
U.S. History
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Date Added:
10/23/2019
3rd Grade History Unit: Geography & Cultures of North America
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The unit is focused on the examination of geography in terms of “place.” Students dive into inquiry to answer the compelling questions, “Where are we?” and “Who are we?” Through these two questions students will understand where they live and where people around the world live. Students will also dive into the term “culture” and define it through many characteristics. Students will examine and reflect upon their own culture and research different cultures of North America.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Central Valley School District
Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Morgen Larsen
Date Added:
06/15/2018
Injustice at Home | The Japanese-American Experience of the World War II Era
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As part of Washington's Kip Tokuda Memorial Civil Liberties Public Education Program, which strives to educate the public regarding the history and the lessons of the World War II exclusion, removal, and detention of persons of Japanese ancestry, KSPS Public Television and Eastern Washington educators Starla Fey, Leslie Heffernan, and Morgen Larsen have produced Injustice at Home: the Japanese American experience of the World War II Era.

This educational resource--five educational videos and an inquiry-based unit of study--will help students understand Executive Order 9066 and the resulting internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the failure of political leadership to protect constitutional rights, the military experience of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and examples of discrimination and racial prejudice the Japanese-American community faced before, during and after WWII.

In addition, students will analyze the short and long term emotional effects on those who are incarcerated, identify the challenges that people living outside of the exclusion zone faced, examine how some Japanese Americans showed their loyalty during the period of incarceration, and learn about brave individuals who stood up for Japanese Americans during this time.

Subject:
U.S. History
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
KSPS Public Television
Leslie Heffernan
Morgen Larsen
Starla Fey
Date Added:
03/01/2019
Living in Washington: Geography, Resources, and Economy
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The unit is focused on the examination of geography in terms of “place.” Students dive into inquiry to answer the compelling question, What is unique about living in Washington? Through this question students will understand where and why people live in Washington State. Students will dive into the regions of Washington State and define it through many characteristics. Students will ultimately choose a region to become an expert on and communicate what makes that region unique. Each student’s performance task product will reflect choice and build upon student strengths according to their skill set.

Subject:
World Cultures
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
History
U.S. History
Cultural Geography
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Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Date Added:
06/30/2017
The State We're In: Washington - Teacher Guide Ch. 2: The Design of Today's Democracy
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Chapter 2 of the State We're In: Washington explores the design of today's democracy. The resources here may be implemented separately or together to guide students toward a deeper understanding of the content therein and to develop important social studies skills.

Subject:
U.S. History
Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Barbara Soots
Leslie Heffernan
Jerry Price
Ryan Theodoriches
Callie Birklid
Date Added:
02/05/2020
The State We're In: Washington - Teacher Guide Ch. 4: 1900-2000: A Century of Change
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Chapter 4: A Century of Change of The State We’re In: Washington focuses on the significant amount of change the state of Washington experienced from 1900 to 2000. The resources here may be implemented separately or together to guide students toward a deeper understanding of the content therein and to develop important social studies skills.

Subject:
U.S. History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Barbara Soots
Leslie Heffernan
Jerry Price
Ryan Theodoriches
Callie Birklid
Date Added:
02/05/2020
The State We're In: Washington - Teacher Guide Ch. 9: What's Next for Washington
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A teacher-facing companion to chapter 9 of The State We're In: Washington with lessons and resources to use with students.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Ryan Theodoriches
Amy Ripley
Leslie Heffernan
Barbara Soots
Barbara Soots
Jerry Price
Jerry Price
Melissa Webster
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Territory and Treaty Making: A study of Tribes, Westward Expansion, and Conflict
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This unit is focused on the examination of a single topic, in this case, the Native Americans of the inland Northwest and conflict that arose when other non-native people started to settle in the northwest, and to specifically address the native populations that lived in the inland northwest. The materials were created to be one coherent arc of instruction focused on one topic. The module was designed to include teaching notes that signal the kind of planning and thinking such instruction requires: close reading with complex text, and specific instructional strategies or protocols are described that support students’ reading and writing with evidence are described in enough detail to make it very clear what is required of students and how to support students in doing this rigorous work. Materials include summative assessment of content and process, central texts, key resources, and protocols that support and facilitate student learning.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Date Added:
02/16/2018
Unit Design: Tribes, Exploration, and Expansion
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The unit has two parts. In each, students dive into inquiry to answer the compelling questions:

1. Who are some of our closest tribal neighbors, and what have they been their lifeways since time immemorial?
2. Why do people explore, and how does this lead to expansion?

Part 1 is focused on the examination of the northwest and some of the original inhabitants. Through these questions students will learn about the culture of some of their closest tribal neighbors, the Spokane Indians. The final project for Part 1 is a cultural investigation display, in which students will show what they know about the culture of the Spokane Tribe.

In Part 2, Students will also learn about forces that brought change to the northwest: fur trade era and exploration. Students will ultimately learn about the Corps of Discovery and the Oregon Trail and know the impact each had on the west. Students will finish Part 2 with a timeline activity that will reflect choice and build upon student strengths according to their skill set.

Finally, a lesson on a Tribe of the Columbia Plateau is offered as an extension, but it is strongly recommended that students get to experience this lesson.

Note that the emphasis here is on the Spokane Tribe as one of our closest tribal neighbors. In no way is this an exhaustive study nor should the tribal cultures be generalized to other tribes of the region. We understand that each tribe in our region and North America was and continues to be unique in its culture, practices, lifeways, and traditions.

Subject:
Elementary Education
Reading Informational Text
U.S. History
Cultural Geography
Economics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
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Reading
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Leslie Heffernan
Date Added:
10/23/2019