Monday, June 13, 2011

Early Settlement in the CT River Valley Unit Frame

The purpose of this unit is to study the early settlement of the Upper Connecticut River Valley using primary sources and the landscape. Students follow an inquiry model where they gain background knowledge to the topic, generate questions about the people who settled this region, and then launch an historical investigation culminating in a historical cemetery quest that they can share with their community.

Enduring Understandings
  • The Abenaki first lived and named the area we now call Vermont and New Hampshire.
  • The Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire was primarily settled by colonists from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
  • Town meeting was the main political institution in VT and NH communities.
Essential Question

What is the relationship between culture, humans, and geography?

Focusing Questions
  • Who first lived in this area we now call Vermont/New Hampshire?
  • Where did the first European settlers come from? Why did they come to this area?
  • Who settled here and how did they live?
  • What did they do to organize their towns?
Background Information

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