ERIC Number: ED463987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Keys Ranch: Where Time Stood Still. Teaching with Historic Places.
In 1917 Bill Keys chose to establish a ranch and raise a family in the hostile high desert environment of California. Keys and other 20th-century homesteaders lived much as earlier pioneers in the West had, working hard to make marginal land holdings successful. Today, Keys Ranch is preserved as part of Joshua Tree National Park. This lesson is based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file for Keys' Desert Queen Ranch and other source material. The lesson can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on westward expansion and settlement, or desert environments. It can also be used in a U.S. literature unit on Ralph Waldo Emerson, particularly his concept of self reliance. The lesson helps students understand why desert regions were among the last areas settled under the Homestead Act and how settlers in these places survived in a remote environment. The teacher materials section provides general information, gives educational objectives for students, discusses visiting the site, lists supplementary resources, and describes how to use the lesson plans. The student materials section includes: "Getting Started"; "Photography Analysis Worksheet"; "Setting the Stage"; "Locating the Site" (Maps: Deserts of the Southwest, Portion of Joshua Tree National Park); "Determining the Facts" (Readings: Settling in the California Desert, Life on Keys Ranch, Excerpts from Emerson's Essay 'Self-Reliance'); "Visual Evidence" (Photos: Colorado Desert, Mojave Desert, Keys Ranch Complex, Wonderland of Rocks, Ranch House); and"Putting It All Together" (Activities: Self-Reliance, Local Community History). (BT)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Land Settlement, Physical Environment, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, 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/65keys/65keys.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.