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Montana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Online Teacher's Guide

Chapter 15 - Progressive Montana, 1900-1924

Educator Resources

For simplicity's sake, the textbook separates the intertwined histories of radical political movements (discussed in chapter 15) and the conservative response, particularly as represented by the lynching of Frank Little and the passage of the Montana Sedition Act (discussed in chapter 16). However, these stories are clearly interconnected. Ideally, then, this chapter will be taught in tandem with Chapter 16, "Montana and World War I." Equally, educators may find links listed on Chapter 16's companion web pages of use when teaching this chapter.

Educational Trunks


  • 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

Toilet Care in the mines
Toilet car in the 2211 sill, Butte mine, ca. 1910, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives Lot 8 Box 1/9.02
Homesteaders arrive in the Flathead
Homesteaders arriving in the Flathead Valley, ca. 1912, photo by Herman Schnitzmeyer, Polson, MT, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives 950-561
Dr. Huie Pock
Dr. Huie Pock's office interior, Butte, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 87-13