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Curriculum Units

In this section, you will find the stories of Washington and its connections to the world. Offerings range from complete curriculum units to individual lesson plans and student activities. Our units provide both background materials on specific historical subjects and standards-based projects and assessments.

Browse the current selection of units below.


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Lewis and Clark in Columbia River Country

Travel through Washington with the Corps of Discovery, exploring such topics as the Context for Exploration, The Challenge to Communicate, and Tribal Cultures and Homelands. Includes original illustrations by artist Roger Cooke. 

 


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Examine treaty negotiations in early Washington Territory, following in the footsteps of governor Isaac Stevens, artist Gustav Sohon, and the native peoples who were displaced in the process. Complements the WSHS Traveling Exhibit "Northwest Treaty Trail: 1854-1856." 




In May 1882, Congress, responding to pressure from unions, passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. This treaty with the Chinese Government banned Chinese emigrants from entering America and called for the deportation of any who arrived after 1880. Learn more about this Act and its impact on Washington in this curriculum unit. 



 Lesson Plans

The following chart will help you find particular lessons faster by presenting them in Elementary, Middle School, and High School groupings that list topics covered and applicable standards.

Elementary Lesson Plans


Module/Lesson Title Topics Covered Standards Met
     
The Treaty Trail: 
Native Life Before Treaties
Native American Cultures, U.S.-Indian Treaties History, reading, geography
The Treaty Trail:
Cause & Effect
Native American Cultures, U.S.-Indian Treaties, Biography History, reading, geography, arts CBA: Causes of Conflict
Leschi, Justice in Our Time:
Listening for Leschi: Voices from the Past
Native American Cultures, U.S.-Indian Treaties, Biography, Oral Histories History, reading, communication, writing  
CBA: Dig Deep
The West the Railroads Made:
The Time Machine
Transportation, Railroads, Time History, social studies, science  CBA: What's the Big Idea?
The Treaty Trail:
Understanding Treaties (I)
Native American Cultures, U.S.-Indian Treaties, 20th-Century Civil Rights History, reading, geography
The Journey of Catharine Paine Blaine (I) Westward migration, missionaries, 20th-Century Civil Rights, women's suffrage History, reading, geography, civics

Middle School Lesson Plans

 
Module/Lesson Title Topics Covered Standards Met
     
Lewis and Clark in Columbia River Country:
Math of the Path
Lewis & Clark, Exploration, Navigation Mathematics, geography, history, reading, & science
The Treaty Trail:
Examining Artifacts of Encounter
Native American Cultures, U.S.-Indian Treaties, Trade, Exploration History, reading, geography
CBA: Dig Deep
The Treaty Trail:
The Journey
Native American Culture, U.S.-Indian Treaties History, geography, reading, arts, social studies skills
The Journey of Catharine Paine Blaine (II) Westward migration, missionaries, 20th-Century Civil Rights, women's suffrage History, reading, geography, civics
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 Chinese expulsion, immigration, railroads History, reading, civics

High School Lesson Plans

 
Module/Lesson Title Topics Covered Standards Met
     
Lewis and Clark in Columbia River Country:
Forensic Examination of Artifacts
Lewis & Clark, Exploration, Forensic Science, Crime Scene Investigation History, science
CBA: Dig Deep
The Treaty Trail:
Point of View
Native American Culture, U.S.-Indian Treaties, art History, arts, social studies skills CBA: Causes of Conflict
The Treaty Trail:
Understanding Treaties (II)
Native American Cultures, U.S.-Indian Treaties, 20th-Century Civil Rights History, civics, social studies
CBA: Constitutional Issues.
The Journey of Catharine Paine Blaine (II) Westward migration, missionaries, 20th-Century Civil Rights, women's suffrage History, reading, geography, civics
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 Chinese expulsion, immigration, railroads History, reading, civics
 
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