[Unit Theme Resources]

Below are links to various materials we've created to support students' work on the unit theme: Meeting Challenges.


[Think Like a Geographer]

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Think Like a Geographer” feature for this unit: How Does a Boomtown Become a Ghost Town?

Famous Pioneer and Ghost Towns
Part of the American West Home Page, this site features four pioneer and ghost towns of the past: Dodge City, Kansas; Bodie, California; and Tombstone and Jerome, Arizona. The site offers profiles on each town, and includes a brief history and collection of historical photographs and images.
http://www.americanwest.com/pages/towns.htm

[Links for Citizenship]

Here are links to Internet resources that can be used to support instruction of the “Citizenship” feature for this unit: How Can You Be Heard?

Communities Organized for Public Service
This site profiles Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) an organization in San Antonio, Texas, dedicated to channeling funding for housing, streets, sidewalks, sewers, parks and libraries into poor, inner-city neighborhoods. The site highlights some of the organization's achievements since its foundation in 1974.
http://iisd1.iisd.ca/50comm/commdb/desc/d19.htm
National Civic League
This site offers a glimpse into The National Civic League, an organization dedicated to the promotion of community-building and problem-solving. Among the features of the site are community stories from the organization's All-America City and Community Award Program and its Civic Renewal Movement.
http://www.ncl.org/