Virtual Capitol Extension Lessons

2. Extension Lesson: Carving Ideas in Stone

PURPOSE: The lesson plan features a frieze of pioneers crossing the plains as well as relief artwork of bison that were part of the landscape. Students will learn about primary source documents then use memoirs to inform their understanding of the “Spirit of the Pioneers” relief panel. They will be encouraged to note if the images and inscriptions on our capitol truly carve ideas that we can understand.

02: North Facade

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What You Need

SESSION 1: CARVING IDEAS IN STONE (Poster) - 20 minutes
Poster

Carving Ideas in Stone
PDF 2 pgs (11 x 17)

1.1

SESSION 2: CLOSE READING WITH HISTORICAL THINKING - 25 minutes
Guide

Primary Sources
PDF 2 pgs

2.1

Read

Shimmer & Conwell, “James Shimer’s Trip to California ’49”
PDF 1 pg

2.2

Read

Jacob Allender, “Adventures & Experiences..,” & “Gold Rush”
PDF 2 pgs

2.3

SESSION 3: “Spirit of the Pioneers” RELIEF PANEL - 40 minutes
Poster

Carving Ideas in Stone
PDF 2 pgs (11 x 17)

3.2

Discussion

Read about Lee Lawrie & discussion about Buffalo Bill
PDF 2 pgs

3.3

Show What You Know

SESSION 4: ASSESSMENT - 20 minutes
Show What You Know

Worksheet
PDF 1 pg.

4.1