Maine Song and Story Sampler
Curriculum Connections Series
Lesson Number: 7
Standards Connection: Social Studies Maine Learning Results – Parameters of Essential Instruction (standard C-1). C. Economics. 1. Economic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns.
Geographic Region: Statewide
Grade Level: 5-12
Instructional Time: Approximately one to one and one-half hours
Introduction: Maine’s economy has historically been based upon resource extraction and use. Furthermore, Maine’s has historically contained only a very small middle class. Most Mainers could reasonably be described as working class while a small population of upper class elites (known variously as Great Proprietors, owners or sports) has provided structure and capital to Maine industry.
Materials: The following materials are required for this lesson:
Pre-Teaching: Students should be familiar with the diversity Maine’s resource-based economy and the geography of Maine. At a minimum, they should understand where Maine’s seafood, agricultural, dairy and lumber industries have traditionally been based.
Activity: Students will review the MS&SS site for examples of documents that relate to specific industries or commercial activities. Students will select a document that represents an industry and develop an annotated timeline of that industry in Maine. For each event on the timeline the students should compose a short (one to three sentences) annotation describing the event. One of the events and annotations must be a relevant MS&SS artifact.
Assessment: Teachers may choose to assess student writing based upon the rubrics or standards of their respective districts. Mastery of PEI C-1 may be assessed through a review of the content of the student’s timeline and annotations.
Download pdf: MSSS C-1