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The Maine Folklife Center Curriculum Guide is a way to bring life into Maine Studies curricula by personalizing history and creating new connections between students and their communities. The guide is geared to help teachers fulfill the Maine Department of Education Learning Results (July, 1997), many of which call for primary research and the understanding of individual lives in an historical context. Specifically, the guide presents an introduction to using the Maine Folklife Center and four units: one on conducting oral histories, one on games, and two on the lumbering life. The games and lumbering units are based on selections from the Northeast Archives of the Maine Folklife Center, including transcripts of oral histories, photographs, songs, and excerpts from folklore collections gathered by students. Accompanying the guide is a short cassette tape of lumbering songs. Each unit provides guidelines and activities to prepare students for conducting primary research in their own communities using oral history and other hands-on methods.

Each of the units may be used with any grade level from grade four up to grade twelve. The Games Unit is more appropriate for younger students. The Lumbering Units are designed with middle and high school students in mind, but younger students may do well with many of the activities in these units. It is not necessary to complete every activity in a unit. However, the activities are sequentially organized and, if followed in order, should lead to a deepening of understanding of the topic. The aim of these units is to help students to become successful researchers, critical thinkers, and articulate communicators. The units may be part of a Maine Studies or history curriculum, part of a research and thinking skills curriculum, or part of an English curriculum. The units themselves are interdisciplinary and are designed to promote the integration of disciplines.

NOTE: The audio tape accompanying Lumbering Unit II Activity #8: Entertainment (p. 129), is currently unavailable in digital format.

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The Maine Folklife Center Curriculum Guide



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