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    Mountain Men of Utah

    Mountain Men of Utah


    This is a lesson plan about the mountain men of Utah. This lesson can be done face-to-face or virtually.


    This is an introction to learning about mountain men. Students will learn about life as a mountain man, including: attire, ways of life, trapping, trading and rendezvous. They will also learn about individual mountain men.

    • Time frame: 3-5 45 minute lessons
    • Format: Face-to-face, virtual
    • Author: Sonnet Udy


    Background for Teachers

    To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of the first people in Utah. You will need to know the basic history of Utah. You'll need to know what attracted mountain men to Utah and who some of the first mountain men were. You will need a basic concept of these terms and people:

    -fur trade

    -Mountain Man Rendezvous

    -beaver pelt


    -Jim Bridger

    -Etienne Provost

    -Peter Skene Ogden

    -Jedediah Smith

    -Antoine Robidoux

    -William Henry Ashley


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Standard 2:
    • Students will be able to understand how Utah's history has been shaped by many diverse people, events, and ideas.
    • Objective 1:
    • Students will be able to describe the historical and current impact of various cultural groups on Utah.
    1. Explore points of view about life in Utah of a mountain man.
    2. Explore cultural influences from various groups found in Utah today (e.g. food, music, religion, dress, festivals).
    3. Identify and describe leaders from various cultures who exemplify outstanding character and life skills.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will complete activities regarding mountain man, from a HyperDoc.
    • Students will choose a mountin man to do a research project about.
    • Students will use pictures from the internet and some taken at a Mountain Man Rendezvous for their final project. 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of making a video on Adobe Express. (Google Slideshow could also be used.)
    • Prior to this lesson, students should understand how to search for images that can be used that don't violate copyright laws. They need to know about Google Image Search and Creative Commons)

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    • Students who need extra support could use the voice-to-text feature in Google Slideshow, if needed. They could also be paired up with a student who could give them more support. 
    • Students who have extra abilities could be asked to do a presentation on more than one mountain man.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    A HyperDoc will be used to obtain much of the information regarding mountain men and Mountain Man Rendezvous. While much of this material could be examined as a class, it can also be done virtually, if needed. Students will explore mountain life, mountain man attire, trapping, trading and rendezvous. Students will view website articles, videos, answer questions and create a project. They can take notes of the main things they learn regarding a mountain man rendezvous and about speceific mountain men.

    Students will have a choice of two different final projects. They may do a presentation about a Mountain Man Rendezvous or they can research a particular mountain man. They can use Adobe Express or Google Slideshow. A document to highlight expectations is included. Pictures can be taken at a school Mountain Man Rendezvous. Pictures can also be used from the internet, after teaching correct citations and copyright rules.

    Learning resources are included in the HyperDoc.


    Step 4 - Assessments

    Assessment 1: Mountain Men Quiz

    Students are allowed to take notes on each person's presentations. They also took notes during their research. They man use the notes that they took to help them on the quiz.

    Assessment 2: Google Slideshow or Adobe Express Project 

    • Project can be about a Mountain Man Rendezvous or a mountain man of choice. The project requirements are attached. There is also a rubric attached for grading the project.