Individual Lesson Plans

Introduction to Maps

Transportation & Maps

Portland History

  • Grades 3-5
  • Uses maps of Portland to illustrate important events and milestones in Portland’s history, including the Revolutionary War and the Great Fire of 1866.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, D1, E1

Travel & Tourism

  • Grades 3-5
  • Shows how the development of tourism and different modes of transportation changed maps and history. It starts with tourism in Europe and ends with tourism in Maine.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, E1

Medieval Maps and Monsters

  • Grades 3-5
  • Uses maps made during the Middle Ages and Renaissance to show the sea monsters and monstrous peoples that explorers expected to find in distant parts of the earth.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, D1, E1

Maine State History

  • Grades 3-8
  • Shows maps of Maine made in the 1800s and early 1900s to illustrate how the state was settled and developed.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, C2, D2, E1

Projections and Globemaking

  • Grades 3-8
  • Tells the story of the ways the surface of the earth has been depicted throughout history, and how maps came to be the way they are today.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: D1, E1

Cartography & the Renaissance

  • Grades 6-12
  • Compares maps made in the Middle Ages to maps made during the Renaissance to illustrate the widespread alterations in European thought.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: D1, E1

Colonization of New England

  • Grades 6-12
  • Includes a discussion of the rival powers competing for land in present-day New England and some consequences of that competition. Using a French, British, Dutch, and American maps, this lesson asks the following questions: Why did these countries want land in New England? Who benefited and who was harmed through the European colonization of New England?
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, C2, D2, E1, E2

Colonial South America

  • Grades 6-12
  • Examines European maps of South America and the Caribbean for illustrations of colonial ambitions. By observing the differing views of South America between nations and time periods, students will better understand the events of the continent’s colonization and some its consequences: war, exploration, and enslavement.
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, D2, E1, E2

Colonial Worldview

  • Grades 9-12
  • Uses European maps from before the American Revolution to show how Europeans saw the world and its inhabitants. By highlighting images of people, symbols, resources and tools, this lesson asks the following questions: Why did Europeans think colonialism was morally justifiable? Why did they want to colonize? How were they able to colonize so many parts of the world?
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, C2, D2, E1, E2

Grim Side of Thematic Mapping

  • Grades 9-12
  • Examines various kinds of thematic maps from the 19th century, including fire insurance maps, disease maps, and war maps. This lesson asks several questions: Why were these maps produced? How have they been used? What conditions in the 19th century manufactured demand for these maps?
  • ME Social Studies Standards: C1, D1, E1