Notice: Undefined variable: now in /htdocs/www/mpcp/core/core.functions.php on line 1901
TeacherLore

2006 MEA/AFT Conference Strand

Writing Under the Big Sky
Using Montana Literature in the Classroom

A strand of workshops presented by Montana Heritage Project Associate Teachers

What we have loved, others will love, and we will teach them how.
William Wordsworth

The Montana Heritage Project recruits Montana’s finest high school humanities teachers who want to be career-long partners with the Library of Congress, the Montana Historical Society, and the Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation in passing on to young Montanans the best of our heritage in literature and history.

We read great literature to see what it can teach us about our local communities, and we investigate the way national and world history has played out in our towns and neighborhoods.

We add to Montana’s historical resources by conducting oral history projects in our communities, and we teach close reading by guiding students through a full range of readings, ranging from great works of literature to primary documents found in local courthouses.

We encourage students to make original contributions to our cultural heritage in the form of research-based writing.

The Project provides teachers with opportunities for travel, engagement in a lively professional community, funds for classroom projects, and opportunities for students to present their work to state-wide and national audiences. In return, we expect affiliated teachers to take community seriously by making it a topic of serious study with students.

To learn more, attend any of the workshops offered by Heritage Teachers. This year’s theme is Writing Under the Big Sky: Using Montana Literature in the Classroom.

Literature in History Class: Dawson’s “Glory Holes”
Jeff Gruber, Libby High School
Grade Level 7-12 MCHE, MCSS, MATELA
SHS 248 (8:00 AM-8:50 AM) 10/20/05
With stories from the past, Patrick Dawson sheds light on contemporary Montana issues regarding natural resources. This work by a fourth-generation Montanan touches on several themes, including mining, homesteading, and the Copper Kings.

Out of the Dust for Research and Style: Hesse and Free Verse
Nancy E. Widdicombe, Harlowton High School
Grade Level: 8-10 MATELA General Interest MEEA
SHS 244 (11:00 AM-11:50 AM) 10/20/05
Karen Hesse’s Out of the Dust combines readable history of the 1930s Depression and Dust Bowl with imaginative stylistic writing. This book-length work of free verse is linked to teaching strategies using the Library of Congress’ American Memories collections online. Participants will receive handouts and lesson plans and engage in brief writing activities.

Introducing Local Studies through MacLean’s A River Runs Through It
Mary Sullivan, Bigfork High School
Grade Level: 9-12 MATELA General Interest MEEA
SS 244 (1:00 PM-1:50 PM) 10/20/05
Participants will be given examples of discussion strategies and learning activities.

Will Man Fly and other Predictions
Renee Rasmussen, Chester High School
Grade Level: 9-12 MATELA, AGATE, MCSS
SHS 244 (2:00 PM-2:50 PM) 10/20/05
Dave Walter made selections from an 1893 newspaper series in which social, political, and economic leaders predicted what U.S. life would be like in one century. This pamphlet forms the basis of a teaching unit that engages students in considering their communities today. Participants will receive a handout of the complete teaching unit, including discussion questions, activities, and tests.

Looking at Levels of Place and Time with Montana Literature
Nancy E. Widdicombe, Harlowton High School
Grade Level:10-12 MATELA General Interest
SHS 244 (3:00 PM-3:50 PM) 10/20/05
Considering levels of place and time with a focus on life on the Northern Great Plains through readings of Lowell Dingus’s Hell Creek, Montana, Donna Lucy’s Evelyn Cameron’s Photography, and The Last Best Place. Participants will explore archaeology, photography, and poetry as points of entry into original student research into local history and culture.

Killing Custer by James Welch and Paul Stekler
Dorothea Susag, Montana Heritage Project Teacher Mentor
Grade Level: 9-12 MATELA, General Interest, MIEA
SHS 224 (3:00 PM-3:50 PM) 10/20/05
Strategies for using Killing Custer to develop essential questions, themes, topics, and methods of writing. Participants will receive a handout of the complete unit, with discussion questions, activities, and tests.

Will Man Fly and other Predictions
Renee Rasmussen, Chester High School
Grade Level: 9-12 MATELA, AGATE, MCSS
SHS 244 (12:00 PM-12:50 PM) 10/21/05
Dave Walter made selections from an 1893 newspaper series in which social, political, and economic leaders predicted what U.S. life would be like in one century. This pamphlet forms the basis of a teaching unit that engages students in considering their communities today. Participants will receive a handout of the complete teaching unit, including discussion questions, activities, and tests.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 06/27 at 11:11 PM

Name:

Email:

Location:

URL:

Smileys

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Submit the word you see below:


Next entry: 2006 MEA/AFT Conference Strand

Previous entry: How to post an article to the "editing workspace"

<< Back to teacherlore home