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Unit 1: Series Introduction


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Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Educ.

Division of School Improvement
PO Box 480 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Phone: 573-751-8449

Department of Natural Resources
Historic Preservation Program
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102 
Phone:  573-751-7959

Series Introduction


Consider designating an hour or two within a professional development inservice or staff meeting to watch Unit  #1 and/or #19, and to brainstorm, in groups, cross-curriculum lesson plans and project ideas students from each grade level could do with the Finding Missouri series, Missouri studies and local history projects

The videos may be used in United States history courses as a tool to show how events in the history of the nation affected and were affected by events in Missouri.

Following is an approach teachers might use with the Finding Missouri videos in developing a major unit that challenges students to conduct historical research:

1. Present students with the topic of the program, which may also be the topic of their unit.

2. Have students generate questions of interest to them about the topic.

3. Present and have students observe the video.

4. Have students expand on the questions they identified in Step 2.

5. The questions may be placed on cards or separate sheets to facilitate sorting and organizing into some sort of logical outline.

6. Discuss the importance of each of the questions, and eliminate any questions students consider to be unimportant.

7. Help students organize themselves into small groups to investigate whichever questions they would like to investigate.

8. Provide resource information (see attached Bibliography) to assist students in conducting research on topics of their choice.

9. Engage students in their small groups and as a class in discussion of strategies they might use to investigate their research topics. While conducting that discussion, have students plan how they would present their ideas, whether by poster display, oral report, dramatization, or written booklet or magazine, and for whom, e.g., for classmates, other students in the school, and/or parents and other members of the community. They might decide to have their projects used in conjunction with History Day. One resource that may be used prior to this discussion is the video for Program 19, which deals with how to conduct historical research and present findings.

10. Have students draft plans for how they will conduct their research and submit their plans for teacher reaction and approval. Their plans should include criteria for evaluating the quality of their research efforts.

11. Students conduct their research.

12. The teacher monitors student research efforts and helps students evaluate and modify their processes, as needed.

13. Students make their presentations to the audiences for whom they conducted their research.

14. Celebrate the students’ good work

Depending on the activities teachers develop for using Finding Missouri videos, teachers may use the videos to address many of Missouri’s Show-Me Standards. The following standards may be addressed in planned teacher-designed activities:

1.1 Develop questions and ideas to initiate and refine research.

1.2 Conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas.

1.3 Design and conduct field and laboratory investigations to study nature and society.

1.4 Use technological tools and other resources to locate, select, and organize information.

1.5 Comprehend and evaluate written, visual and oral presentations and works.

1.6 Discover and evaluate patterns and relationships in information.

1.7 Evaluate the accuracy of information and the reliability of its sources.

1.8 Organize data, information and ideas into useful forms ... for analysis or presentation.

1.9 Identify, analyze, and compare the institutions, traditions and art forms of past and present societies.

1.10 Apply acquired information, ideas and skills to different contexts . . . .

1.11 Plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences.

1.12 Review and revise communications to improve accuracy and clarity.

1.13 Exchange information, questions and ideas while recognizing the perspectives of others.

2.1 Plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences.

2.2 Review and revise communication to improve accuracy and clarity.

2.3 Exchange information, questions and ideas while recognizing the perspectives of others.

2.4 Present perceptions and ideas regarding works of the arts, humanities and sciences.

2.5 Perform or produce works in the fine and practical arts.

2.7 Use technological tools to exchange information and ideas.

3.1 Identify problems and define their scope and elements.

3.2 Develop and apply strategies based on ways others have prevented or solved problems.

3.3 Develop and apply strategies based on one’s own experiences in preventing or solving problems.

3.4 Evaluate the processes used in recognizing and solving problems.

3.5 Reason inductively from a set of specific facts and deductively from general premises.

3.6 Examine problems and proposed solutions from multiple perspectives.

3.7 Evaluate the extent to which a strategy addresses the problem.

3.8 Assess costs, benefits and other consequences of proposed solutions.

4.1 Explain reasoning and identify information used to support decisions.

4.2 Understand and apply the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in Missouri and the United States.

4.3 Analyze the duties and responsibilities of individuals in societies.

4.4 Recognize and practice honesty and integrity in academic work . . . .

4.5 Develop, monitor and revise plans of action to meet deadlines and accomplish those tasks.

4.6 Identify tasks that require a coordinate effort and work with others to complete those tasks.

2. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world.

3. Knowledge of principles and processes of governance systems.

4. Knowledge of economic concepts ... and principles ....

5. Knowledge of the major elements of geographical study and analysis ... and their relationship to changes in society and environment.

6. Knowledge of relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions.

7. Knowledge of how to use the tools of social science inquiry, such as surveys, statistics, maps and documents.

3. Knowledge and proficiency in reading and evaluating nonfiction works . . . .

4. Knowledge and proficiency in writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes).

5. Knowledge and proficiency in participating in formal and informal presentations and discussions of issues and ideas.

1. Knowledge of the processes and techniques for the production, exhibition or performance of one or more of the visual or performed arts.

For more information about the historic or prehistoric places featured in the Finding Missouri videos, call the Historic Preservation Program at (573) 751-7861 or (573) 751-7959.

This video series was partially funded by a federal grant from the Missouri Department of Natural  Resources’ Historic Preservation Program and the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and with state funds through the Video Instructional Development and Educational Opportunity Program. Grant awards do not imply an endorsement of the contents by the grantor. Federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, handicap or ethnicity. For more information, write to the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. This program was produced by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.