TAH Frontier Lesson Plan Grant
For the past four years, twenty-nine Central Idaho teachers from six school districts and one parochial school have participated in intensive professional development designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U. S. History.
Myths vs. Realities: America’s Changing Frontier is the program funded by a federal Teaching American History Grant awarded toMountain ViewSchool District #244 in 2007. The grant paid for professors and historians from theUniversity ofIdaho, Lewis-Clark State College, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Institute for History Education to deliver high quality instruction in both historical content and effective teaching strategies through Saturday workshops during the school year as well as multi-day seminars and field trips in the summer.
Teachers in grades K through 12 participated in Frontiers. Throughout the project, they produced multiple lesson plans and units that included content and the best strategies for teaching that content to their students. Sixteen are sharing a few of their plans with you here. The lessons are divided into two sections—Grades K-5 and Grades 6-12. Each lesson has been piloted in the author’s classroom and then refined as needed. Each lesson plan addresses specificIdaho standards. Each is aimed at answering one or more essential questions. Some integrate U.S. History with other subjects, such as writing.
The Frontier teachers and I hope that their work may be useful to you in your classroom.
TAH Frontier Project Director
Participants were from: Cottonwood – Prairie Elementary School, Grangeville – Grangeville Elementary/Middle School and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Kamiah – Kamiah Elementary School, Kooskia – Clearwater Valley Elementary School, Nezperce – Nezperce Elementary and High School, Orofino – Orofino Junior-Senior High School, and Craigmont – Highland Elementary School.