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ALASKA STUDIES CURRICULUM

It can be challenging to find an engaging, relevant curriculum that offers standards-based, problem-driven learning. The goal of the Trails Across Time curriculum is to meet that challenge while exploring the wonders of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. While the curriculum is an easy choice for Alaska Studies teachers in south central Alaska, the skills and ideas taught in these lessons can easily be adapted for every corner of the state. It is also an excellent resource for charter and home schools.

The KMTA curriculum was supported by a generous grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum.

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We hope this resource is a help to you and an inspiration to your
students. After using this resource, we encourage you to mail or
email the completed survey at the end of this guide. If you have
any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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INTRODUCTION

LESSON 1

LESSON 1: Silent, Yet Restless Earth:  Defining the Corridors

Uses computer enhanced mapping skills to connect geology to human activity/development.

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LESSON 2

LESSON 2: The Early People of the Corridor:  Connecting to the Past

Emphasizes the importance of “listening to the stories” when interpreting history.

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LESSON 3

LESSON 3: The Early People: The Russian River Salmon Question

Brings together archaeology, geology, glaciation, and a decent day fishing on the Russian.

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LESSON 4

LESSON 4: In Search of the Northwest Passage:  A Glimpse Into the Life of Sailor

Uses internet to follow question-led research.

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LESSON 5

LESSON 5: Russian America:  Interpreting Primary Source Information

Maintains research objectivity while researching translated primary sourced documents.

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Russian correspondence (required material for lesson)

LESSON 6

LESSON 6: Hope and Sunrise:  A Tale of Two Cities:  Part One

Examines data and maps to evaluate why Hope survives while Sunrise faded away.

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LESSON 7

LESSON 7: Hope, Alaska:  A Tale of One City: Part Two

Utilizes demographic data to assess evolution of a community across time.

LESSON 8

LESSON 8: Alaska Nellie:  A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Interprets photographs to decipher a historic story.

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LESSON 9

LESSON 9: Byways And Highways:  The Missing Link – The Living Source

Interviews a living source to collaborate research findings.

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LESSON 10

LESSON 10 Research:  Now It’s Your Turn

Final suggestions and structures to implement your own primary sourced research project

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