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Montana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Online Teacher's Guide

Chapter 21 - A People's Constitution, 1972

Educator Resources


  • 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

  • New! The Montana 1972 Constitutional Convention (Designed for grades 11-12) This intensive dive into Montana’s constitutional convention asks students to analyze and compare the preambles of both the 1889 and 1972 Montana Constitutions before exploring how the 1972 constitution came to be, researching some of the major people and events of the 1972 Constitutional Convention, and presenting their findings in a digital “yearbook.” While the full lesson takes eight to eleven 50-minute class periods, parts can be used independently.

  • The Montana Law Library has posted the entire proceedings of the constitutional convention online.  Volume 1 includes brief biographies of each delegate, an alphabetical list of committee assignments, a map of delegate districts, and a list of delegates by district.

  • Article X of the Montana State Constitution and Indian Education for All is a high school lesson plan created by the Indian Education Unit of the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

  • Creative Educator has a lesson plan that asks students to examine the U.S. constitution and write a classroom constitution.

  • Download the "Guide to the Montana Legislature" at the Montana State Legislature website.

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

Grasshopper Creek
Grasshopper Creek, photo by Rick Graetz, courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Packing in to fish at Areo Lake
Packing in to fish at Areo Lake, MT, photo by Bill Browning, Helena, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 2002-62.P1A-385