Sparrow RHP lan2011 by eagyby


									That Which Survives: Permanence and Transience
in Butte’s Historical District
James Sparrow, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, Dayton, Ohio

This learning activity was created for “The Richest Hills: Mining in the Far West, 1865–1920,”
sponsored by the Montana Historical Society and funded by the National Endowment for the
Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for Schoolteachers.

Grade Level: 10-11

Subject: AP US History

Standards: Ohio Department of Education High School Social Studies Content Standard #2 (“The
use of primary and secondary sources of information includes an examination of the credibility
of each source.”) and Benchmark (“The students will use data and evidence to support or refute
a thesis.”)

Duration: Two class days, one of which is a 90 minute block.

In 2006, the National Park issued a 174 page description of the Butte Historic Area. In 1979, the
Historic American Engineering Record commissioned a group of 80 photographs of the same
area. However, before it was a historic area (or before Americans even grasped the concept of
preservation of urban historic areas) it was a multicultural Butte neighborhood. The students
will compare these more recent description and photographs to what was there in 1916 Butte
(based on the 1916 Sanborn map) to see what was preserved and what was lost.

Goals and Objectives: See Ohio Standards above

See Primary Source form below

The students will be randomly divided into groups of six. Each group will further subdivide into
three groups of two to compare the maps and descriptions found in the sources. Their goals are
to: 1) See what has remained. 2) Discuss reasons why some things are preserved while others
are not. These reasons should focus on economic status (What sorts of buildings survived? Why
         is this so?) and social status (What happened to Chinatown? What survived of the numerous
         boarding houses and cribs for the working class?) 3) Formulate a tenable thesis about what
         remains and what is gone.

         The students will be expected to present their thesis to the class along with supporting
         evidence based on the primary sources. Their grade will be based on how well they can use the
         primary source material to support that which they choose to argue.

         Extension activities
         This activity will be used to introduce the concepts of thesis and document use necessary to do
         well on the AP US History Document Based Essay.

  National Park Service       Sanborn City Maps, Butte,            Photographs of the Butte Historic District Taken in 1979
  Report on the Butte             Montana, 1916
   Historic Area, 2006

Report of the National Park    Hand drawn city maps of       80 photos of the Butte Historic District bounded by Copper, Arizona,
 Service highlighting that    Butte, Montana. Maps 17-      Mercury, and Continental Streets. CREATED in 1979 by Historic American
 which is preserved in the    24 cover the Butte Historic            Building Survey/Historic American Engineering Record
   Butte Historic Area.
                               District. CREATED in 1916
 CREATED in 2006 by the
  National Park Service          by the Sanborn Map

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