Students fill in information on a timeline graphic organizer as they watch a short video introducing them to the major turning points in Oregon’s path to statehood. They create illustrations to accompany their timelines.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Oregon | Unit 1: Introduction to Oregon." In this introductory unit, students will look at what makes Oregon special. Students will learn about early Oregon history, settlement patterns, and cultural groups who live there. The materials and activities in this unit will give students a more nuanced understanding of how to set about learning about their state.
4.2: Explain how key individuals and events influenced the early growth and changes in Oregon.
- Video: Great States | Oregon History
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Oregon History graphic organizer
- Colored pencils or thin markers
Ask students to think of a few key events in their lives so far and then share those events with a partner.
Then, explain that they will be watching a short video that summarizes key events in Oregon’s history. Hand out the Oregon History graphic organizer. Instruct students to fill out the key words or concepts in the middle column as they watch. [NOTE: Some of the names and groups listed in each category aren’t directly mentioned in the video, but they are alluded to or shown. They are good jumping points if you choose to have students do the extension activity.]
Play the video, Great States | Oregon History. [4:44]
After watching the video, have students work in pairs or small groups to share information on their Oregon History graphic organizers. Circulate as groups work, and/or review the information as a whole class.
Then, have students use the third column to create illustrations depicting one or several key events within the time period.
Extending the Lesson (45 minutes):
4.6. Create and evaluate timelines that show relationships among people, events, and movements in Oregon history.
Have students do additional research about the people and events on the timeline, and then work in small groups to create murals on large pieces of paper commemorating one of the four major time periods on the graphic organizer.