ERIC Number: ED463215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Freeman School: Building Prairie Communities. Teaching with Historic Places.
The Freeman School, originally called the Red-Brick School House, served the community of Blakely Township, Nebraska from 1872 to 1967. It is representative of the one-room schools that once dotted the western landscape of the United States. The Freeman School served not only as an educational center but also as the church, a meeting hall, the township polling place, and as the social and political center of the community. At present, the National Park Service maintains and preserves this historic structure. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file "Freeman Homestead and Freeman School" and other sources. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on westward expansion and homesteading, the history of education in the United States, early mapping of lands, and studies of U.S. cultural developments. It is divided into: "About This Lesson"; "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; "Locating the Site: Maps" (Plat Map of Blakely Township); "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Red Brick School; Community's Experience; Treasurer's Account Book); "Visual Evidence: Images" (Red Brick School; Teacher and Pupils, 1914; Children in Front of School, 1913; Interior of Freeman School; Children at Play); "Putting It All Together: Activities" (And Today in the School; To Preserve or Not to Preserve; How Did My Town Grow?); and "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Community Development, Cultural Context, Curriculum Enrichment, Geography, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, One Teacher Schools, Primary Sources, School Buildings, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Student Research, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/80homestead/80homestead.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.