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Montana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Online Teacher's Guide

Chapter 19 - World War II in Montana

Educator Resources

Educational Trunks

  • The Home Fires: Montana and World War II from the Montana Historical Society. This trunk explores aspects of everyday life in Montana during the 1941 to 1945 war years, including little-known government projects such as the Fort Missoula Alien Detention Center and Civilian Public Service Camps.


  • 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

Content Standards and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (EU)

Tests and Answer Keys

Children on a scrap heap
Children on scrap heap in Butte, photo by Russell Lee, 1942, courtesy Library of Congress LC-USW3-009702-D
Poster, Montana Historical Society Museum 90.11.21
Marine Corps Women
Marine Corps Women, 1943, NARA, Washington, D.C.