Lesson Plans

 

A Balancing Act

Students will consider how military operations and cultural negotiations are truly a balancing act.
Subjects:  English Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science
Time required:  1-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan :

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603 and 1615

Age of Discovery

Students will explore four different backdrops to the life of Samuel de Champlain:  his era, the political climate, the new world he was exploring and his relations with the people who lived there.
Subjects:  Social Studies
Time required:  2-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603

Alliances in the Classroom

Students will conduct an observation of their own school environment to deepen their exploration of the nature of alliances.
Subjects:  English Language Arts and Social Studies
Time required:  2-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603 and 1609

Cartography and Navigation in the Time of Champlain:  Dead Reckoning

Students will use the basic instruments that were utilized in the 16th and 17th centuries for navigation and cartography to determine speed, latitude and altitude, and to map a location using these crude instruments.
Subjects:  Social Studies
Time required:  1-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603

Champlain’s Last Journal

Students will use the knowledge of Champlain’s life they gain from the film, web site and his journals to write what they imagine Champlain might have written as his “last” journal entry, if he had perished in the Ontario wilderness in November 1615. 
Subjects:  English Language Arts and Social Studies
Time required:  1-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan: 1615

First Contact

Students will create an exercise that simulated a first encounter between people of different languages and cultures. 
Subjects:  English Language Arts
Time required:  1-2 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603

Five Characters and Champlain

Students will explore the concept of point of view by imaginatively interviewing a character from the film, and then developing a Mandala (a circle drawing) that shows their character’s interrelationships, likes, dislikes, dreams and fears.
Subjects:  English Language Arts
Time required:  2-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and all clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603-1615

Panel discussion on the French and Amerindian motives in New France during the voyages of Samuel de Champlain

Students will participate in a panel discussion to discuss whether or not there was deception used by the French and Amerindians to further their own cause.
Subjects:  Social Studies
Time required:  1-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603 and 1613

Stay and You Shall Find It:  Exploring the Role of Storyteller

Students will identify the elements of the storyteller/audience relationship and analyze the structure and sequencing of a story in order to create a modern version of the Innu parable seen in the film. 
Subjects:  English Language Arts
Time required:  2-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603

Trade Routes West --Through and Around North America

Students will explore routes from Europe to Asia in order to gain a better understanding about the search for the Northwest Passage by 17th century explorers. 
Subjects:  Social Studies, Science and Technology
Time required:  1-2 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1603

Use of the Firearm in Warfare on the North American Continent

Students will consider the importance and significance of the earliest use of firearms by the French in warfare on the North American Continent. 
Subjects:  Social Studies
Time required:  1-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1609

Wall of Obstacles

Students will build and scale a virtual wall to examine the physical and emotional obstacles Champlain and his men overcame when establishing a settlement in North America. 
Subjects:  English Language Arts
Time required:  1-3 Class Periods
Video Clips used with this lesson plan:  (link to media page and individual clips)

Champlain voyage associated with this lesson plan:  1608

CREDITS

Jane Owens supervised the creation of the educational outreach project. 

Jane Owens is the Director of Outreach and Education at Mountain Lake PBS, and was recently recognized with the MY SOURCE award for her outreach work in education by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Ms. Owens also has served on the board of the National Association for Media Literacy Education and has been curriculum writer and advisor for several Mountain Lake PBS produced documentaries.  Prior to coming to public television she was a classroom teacher in area elementary schools.  She holds a Masters in Education and NY State certification, Reading Teacher (K-12).

Julia Miller and Lindsay Pontius wrote the lesson plans. 

Julia J. Miller has been a classroom teacher for over twenty years.  She currently teaches English 12 at Peru High School, in Peru, NY.  Miss Miller has also worked as a Professional Development Consultant for the North Country Teacher Resource Center focusing on integrating various technologies into ELA instruction.  She maintains several websites, and encourages students and teachers to use technology in all aspects of education.  Her previous consulting credits with Mountain Lake PBS include creating ELA and French lesson plans for the education website for the MLPBS film, Forgotten War.  She holds New York State Certification in English, French and Music.

Lindsay Pontius, M Ed. is a doctoral candidate in Leadership and Policy Studies at The University of Vermont where she currently teaches undergraduate education majors.  She has been a teaching artist in arts-in-education for over twenty years working in school districts in inner city Boston as well as rural New York.  She has taught English at the Westover School in Middlebury, Ct., and Theatre Arts at several colleges.  She was a founding director of Shakespeare & Company's nationally acclaimed elementary and high school education programs.  Lindsay is currently the museum educator at the Adirondack History Center Museum working with over twenty-six county teachers delivering the award-winning education programs to over eight hundred students a year.