The Bear's Lodge: Devil's Tower National Monument
In this stand-alone course students will encounter the wonders, the science, and the lore of Devil's Tower National Monument.
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This stand-alone class features Devil's Tower National Monument, a remarkable park located in northeast Wyoming. Students will become familiar with the park through a brief powerpoint that describes the park's key features, it's natural and human history, and what students can expect when they arrive and explore the park for themselves. Students will then put their new knowledge to work by designing a poster or product that celebrates the park and/or reminds people to use the park...
1. Students will learn the political geography of Devil's Tower National Monument including: a. Defining "National Monument". b. The political geography of Wyoming and the High Plains region. 2. Students will learn the physical geography of Devil's Tower National Monument including: a. The Great Plains b. The Black Hills 3. Students will learn the Natural History of Devil's Tower National Monument including: a. Scientific theories regarding the formation of Devil's Tower. b. A handful of the remarkable creatures that inhabit the park and its surrounding area. 4. Students will learn the Human History of Devil's Tower National Monument including: a. The Native American tribes that inhabited the surrounding area. b. Early European exploration of the area. c. The establishment of Devil's Tower as the first National Monument in the United States parks system. d. Remarkable feats of courage and strength by people who have climbed to the top of Devil's Tower. 5. Students will learn what they can expect when they visit the park, including: a. Appropriate dress for a rugged, high-plains environment. b. Plenty of water to stay hydrated. c. Salty, healthy snacks to replenish electrolytes.
As a public school teacher I was trained to present history from various perspectives, giving special attention to marginalized groups. My MA in teaching and BA in history have provided me with insight into how to recognize the racial biases, political agendas, and cultural stereotypes that often shape historical narratives. I take care to read multiple histories in order to obtain and wholistic understanding of the people, places, and events that constitute a historical period. I visited Devil's Tower National Monument in July 2021 and have used my experiences to build a class that highlights its unique beauty and its special history.
Students will need: 1. Pencils 2. Crayons, Markers, or Colored Pencils 3. Clean Paper
Student learning will be assessed informally by asking the students open ended questions and providing clarification and elaboration based upon how they respond.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
1. A Guide to Contemporary Plains Indians by Michal Strutin 2. An Indigenous People's History of the United State by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz 3. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown 4. American Indian Myths and Legends edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz 2. Standing Witness: Devil's Tower National Monument, A History; by Jeanne Rogers 3. Guidebook to Geology of the Black Hills, South Dakota by John L. Lufkin, Jack A. Reddin, Alvis Lisenbee, and Tom Loomis. 4. NPS website: https://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm
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