ERIC Number: ED468216
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
The Emerald Necklace: Boston's Green Connection. Teaching with Historic Places.
Marsh, Lisa; Snow, Pamela
In 1870, Boston, Massachusetts, was an overcrowded, noisy, and dirty city. Concerned with the health and happiness of Bostonians restricted to these unhealthy surroundings, the city hired Frederick Law Olmsted to design a park system. The series of parks he designed over the next several years is known as the Emerald Necklace. From lovely waterways to botanical gardens to peaceful meadows to tree museums, each plays a vital role in linking the citizens of Boston together through nature. This lesson plan, based on the National Register of Historic Places registration file, "Olmstead Park System" and other sources, can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses or in units on urban expansion in the late 19th century or city planning. The lesson cites National History Standards and lists educational objectives and materials needed. It is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Boston, 1775; Boston Today); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Boston's First Parks; Green Connection; Creating the Jewels of the Emerald Necklace); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (19th-century Boston; Emerald Necklace; Dredging the Back Bay, 1882; Muddy River, 1892; Muddy River, 1920); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Plan Your Own Greenway; Parks Brochure; Landscape Fun); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Curriculum Enrichment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Local History, Parks, Physical Environment, Primary Sources, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Guides, United States History, Urban Environment
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Ste. NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/86bostonparks/86bostonparks.htm/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts (Boston)