A Narrative History of the Montana Heritage Project



Exploring History and Family Through Literature

Sarah Reeve

St. Ignatius Middle School

1996-97

While students studied westward expansion in history class, they read novels in English class covering the same themes and time period as part of an “Adventuresome Journeys into the Unknown” unit. Students created character journals and designed travelersí handbooks. Upon completion of this study, students turned their attention to their own lives and to the lives of their family members and conducted interviews to obtain similar information they had developed on historical information in class. Students brought photographs and information about their families together and created the “Adventuresome Journeys into the Unknown” class book. Several students used some of the local stories to develop skits that were performed at the community heritage night. Students also explored their own names and interviewed family members to see why they were given their names. Student photographs and text about their name origins were organized into another class book.

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