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What Teaching Canada Has to Offer

The Office Canadian Studies Outreach identifies multiple sources throughout North America for relevant teaching resources, collaborates to create teaching materials, and makes available the lesson plans and units from teacher participants in our Canadian Studies programming.

For your specific requests, contact either Betsy Arntzen (, 207.581.4225) or Amy Sotherden (, 518.564.2385).

  • Curriculum
    • Teacher-Created Curriculum
    • On-Line Curriculum
  • References – Websites and Bibliographies
  • Teacher Backgrounders – On-line briefings on specific Canadian Studies topics
  • Resources to Borrow
    • Canada Valise – a suitcase of resources sent classroom to classroom
    • Teacher Resource Lending Library
      The Office of Canadian Studies Outreach maintains a lending library of elementary and youth fiction titles and trade books,  non-fiction references, documentary and other videos/dvds, and other materials suitable for classroom use by teachers and students.  Contact the outreach coordinator with your goals for teaching the Canada Unit, and receive individualized consulting resulting in a loan of materials sent through the U.S. mail. Contact the Teacher Resource Library by phone (207-581-4225) or Betsy Arntzen by e-mail:
  • Publications- publications by the Canadian-American Center, the Center for the Study of Canada, and Canadian Studies partners
    • Champlain map: “They Would Not Take Me There
    • O Canada textbook
    • Teaching Canada Magazine
    • Canada our Northern Neighbor
  • Instructional Resources for Specific Constituents
    • Community College Faculty
    • Elementary Level (K-5) Teacher
    • Middle School Level (6-8) Teacher
    • High School (9-12)Teacher
    • Teachers of French
    • Student Teachers
    • Life-Long Learners
  • Library: UMaine collections
    • UMaine Fogler Library: Learning Materials Center, Canadian Collection for Student Teachers
      Housed at the Fogler Library is a collection of instructional resources comprised of fiction and non-fiction teaching materials for College of Education student teachers.  All Canadian-authored fiction as well as Canadian-content reference materials are listed, and posted at:  Contact the Learning Materials Center Librarian Cynthia Crosser at:

UMaine Fogler Library: Canadian Studies Collections
Fogler Library has a nationally recognized Canadian Studies collection consisting of 31,000+ monographs, 200+ Canadian journal titles, and 43 Canadian newspapers as well as large collections of maps, Canadian census materials, and Canadian federal and provincial documents.
In addition, Fogler Library owns the three components of the microfilm collection Early Canadiana that cover monographs, periodicals, and annuals published in Canada or about Canada before 1901, and is collecting Canadian Monographs 1900-1920.

Betsy Beattie is the Canadian Studies Librarian. She is responsible for developing and disseminating information about the Canadian collection, maintaining and updating a Subject Guide to Canadian Web Sites, and is available to answer reference questions on Canadian subjects.  The Canadian Studies Office and the Canadian collection are jointly funded by Fogler Library and the Canadian-American Center.


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Contact Information

Canadian Studies Outreach to K-12 Professionals - Northeast National Resource Center on Canada

MAINE: Betsy Arntzen
Canadian-American Center
154 College Ave., Orono, ME 04473

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NEW YORK: Amy Sotherden
Center for the Study of Canada/
Institute on Quebec Studies
133 Court St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901

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