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    Utah's Mountain Men

    Utah's Mountain Men

    Overview

    This lesson will engage students in understanding the impact mountain men had on Native American tribes living in Utah. Students will also understand and appreciate the role that mountain men played in the eventual settling of Utah. Students will be assessed by creating an Apple Pages project wherein they demonstrate their understanding of the two issues. Students are asked to create an essay including images about a mountain man of their choice that impacted Utah. 

     

    Summary

    This lesson will explore the impact mountain men had on Native Americans living in the Great Basin. It will also explore the role mountain men played in the eventual settlement of Utah. Students will use Apple Pages to create a project demonstrating their understanding of the impact mountain men had on Native Americans and the settling of Utah. 

    • Time frame: Five 50 minute class periods. 
    • Group size: Whole Class 
    • Author: Keisel 
    • Grade Level: 7
    • Content Area: Utah Studies (Social Studies)  
    • Applications needed: Apple Pages
    • Utah Core Standards: 
      • UT.SS.UTS.1.4: Students will analyze primary and secondary sources to explain causes and effects of European-American exploration, including the response and involvement of Utah's American Indian tribes. (history) 
      • UT.SS.UTS.2.2: Students will compare the cause and lasting effects of various non-Mormon groups' migrations to Utah. (history)
    • Materials needed: 

     

    Background for Teachers

    To have success in teaching this lesson, the instructor should have a basic understanding of Native American groups that lived in Utah as well as mountain men that spent  time in Utah and influenced the Native American way of life. The instructor should also have a basic knowledge of the impact mountain men had on the eventual settling of Utah. The following resources can help you gain understanding and teach this lesson:

     

     

     

    Student Prior Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of the impact Spanish explorers/conquistadors had on the eventual settling of Utah and in particular the impact they had on the Utah Indian tribes at the time. Students should also have a basic understanding of the resources and climate of Utah, that led to European settlement of Utah. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    To meet the needs of diverse learners, (English Language Learners, gifted, IEP) consider altering the length of the project. For English Language Learners the length of the project could be shortened, for gifted students the length could be extended to allow for extra challenge. Also, the image requirements for the project could be adjusted to fit student needs as well. Consider making notes of discussions available to students on a needed basis also. 

     

     

    Student Learning Intentions & Success Criteria

    Learning Intentions: 

    • Students will be able to understand the impact mountain men had on Native American tribes living in Utah. 
    • Students will understand the role mountain men played in the eventual settlment of Utah.

    Success Criteria: 

    • Students will create an Apple Pages project demonstrating their understanding of the impact mountian men had on Native Americans and the eventual settling of Utah. 
    • Students will successfully participate in class discussions concerning Utah mountain men. Specifically, they will discuss interaction between mountian men and Native Americans. 

     

     

    Instructional Procedures

    1. Engage: Discuss what impact the Spanish explorers/conquistadors had on the eventual settling of Utah and in particular the impact they had on Utah Indian tribes at the time. (5 minutes) 
    2. State Objective: After the discussion inform class members that they will be learning about the impact mountain men had on the settling of Utah and the impact they had on Utah's Native American tribes. (2 minutes) 
    3. New Material: As a class view the video The Mountain Men Documentary (see materials). The video gives general information on the life of mountain men and then gives specific information on many of the mountain men that came west in the early 1800s. (50 minutes) 
    4. Guided Practice: Discuss with students what they learned from the video. Discuss reasons moutain men came west and the impact  it had on Native Americans and the future settlement of Utah. (15 minutes) 
    5. Independent Practice: Students research the life of a mountain man that came to Utah using Utah History to Go (see materials). (Jim Bridger, James Beckwourth, Jedediah Smith, Peter Skene Ogden, Etienne Provost) In particular they sould emphasize interaction with Native Americans and the impact of future settlment of Utah. (50 minutes) 
    6. Assessment: Using Apple Pages, students will construct a give (5) page essay including one picture of the mountain man they researched. The assignment should then be uploaded into Canvas. (See addtional submitted file entitled Jim Bridger for example of finished project.) (Two 50 minute class periods)

     

     

     

    Assessment Plan

    Student learning will be assessed using the following methods: 

    • Informal formative assessment through viewing student body language and student follow up questions. 
    • Formal summative assessment wherein students will use Apple Pages to compose a five page project with images demonstrating their understanding of the impact mountain men had on Native Americans and the eventual settling of Utah. The project will be asessed using the attached rubric. (See attached Utah's Mountian Men Rubric below.) (See Attached Exemplar Product entitled Jim Bridger Report below also.)