Montana Historical Society

Big Sky. Big Land. Big History.

Montana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Online Teacher's Guide

Chapter 14 - Towns Have Lives, Too, 1870-1920


Educator Resources


Educational Trunks

  • Architecture: It's All Around You from the Montana Historical Society. Created by Chere Jiusto, Director of the Montana Preservation Alliance, this trunk explores the different architectural styles found in Montana.


Takeaways

  • Inspired by reading specialist Tammy Elser, who was in turn inspired by SKC graduate Taylor Crawford, we've created a "Takeaway" bookmark for every chapter of Montana: Stories of the Land. Before starting a chapter, print and cut out these bookmarks and distribute them to your students. Ask them to use the Takeaway to summarize the GIST of what they learn from reading assigned sections of the chapter. Remind them that they don't have much room, so they'll need to think before they write down the most important idea they want to take away from the section. Learn a little more about the GIST strategy.

  • Even though we've created Takeaways for every chapter, we don't recommend you have your students complete a Takeaway for every section of every chapter they read. That would be exceedingly tedious. However, used appropriately, they can be a useful tool for encouraging reflection and teaching students how to summarize information.


Websites and Online Lesson Plans


Videos or DVDs


Possible Fieldtrips: View the Map


Alignment to ELA Common Core Standards

Alignment to Content Standards and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (EU)

Tests and Answer Keys


Crow Camp
Crow Camp near Crow Agency, 1895, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives 955-814
Stringing Electrical wires
Stringing the first electrical wires in Libby, MT, 1911, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 97-14.8
Cardell Lumber Company Fire
Cardell Lumber Company fire, 1916, Billings, courtesy Western Heritage Center, Billings
Sheep in Sheridan
Sheep in Sheridan, MT, 1942, photo by Russell Lee, courtesy Library of Congress, USW3-009659-D
Stringing Electrical wires
Stringing the first electrical wires in Libby, MT, 1911, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 97-14.8