Port of Baltimore History Curriculum Lesson 1: Geography Trucks In, Out, and About the Port of Baltimore This lesson provides a geographic framework for students to learn map elements and locate places from the Inner Harbor to Sparrow’s Point. Using the Port of Baltimore’s truckers’ maps, students become familiar with maps and geographic skills and processes. Lesson 2: Geography Port of Baltimore Scavenger Hunt This lesson uses photographs of the Port—past and present—to provide teachers and students an overview of the portscape and how it has changed over time. Photographs capture changes in cargo, technology, and land use. Lesson 3: Geography How the Port of Baltimore Grew and Changed Over Time This lesson uses the Port of Baltimore timeline and photographs to chronicle the development of the port over 300 years. Using photographs and other primary sources, students examine geographic characteristics of the Port of Baltimore and how people lived and worked over time. Lesson 1: History The Role of Citizens During the War of 1812 This lesson explores the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, focusing on the role of citizens and merchants who sunk their vessels in the harbor to stop the British advance. Francis Scott Key and Fort McHenry are also featured in this lesson. Lesson 2: History Immigration to Port of Baltimore at the Turn of the Twentieth Century This lesson examines immigration to Baltimore during the late 19th century, focusing on the types of people making the journey and the community they created in Baltimore. The partnership between the B&O Railroad and the North German Lloyd steamship line is mentioned. Lesson 3: History The Port of Baltimore in the Nineteenth Century This lesson examines the variety of jobs available to both free and enslaved African Americans during the 19th century in Baltimore. Using primary sources, students will be able to describe some of the ways African Americans contributed to the growth of the Port of Baltimore. Lesson 1: Economics The Port of Baltimore and the Worldwide Web of Spice Trading This lesson examines how goods are produced in Maryland and shipped through the Port of Baltimore during different time periods. Students use trading cards to simulate the worldwide web of the spice exchange. Lesson 2: Economics Oral Histories and the Port of Baltimore This lesson examines the interdependence and the specialization of jobs located at the Port through the use of oral histories. Students gather data from a variety of print and non-print sources, such as photographs, charts, and interviews.
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