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Chaco Culture

Detectives of the Past

Grades 9-12
Social Studies (Archeology), Language Arts

Overview

Starting with the Chaco Culture National Historical Park quarter, the students will research Chaco Culture Historical Park, focusing on the importance of the artifacts found there.  The students will watch a video and demonstrate the basic skills used in analyzing artifacts.  The students will demonstrate deductive skills through inferencing and analyzing a culture based on its artifacts.  The students will prepare a written presentation based on their findings.

Worksheets

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Quarter Reverse

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Detectives of the Past

Detectives of the Past Answer Sheet

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Detectives of the Past

National Standards

Social Studies (Archeology)

National Council for the Social Studies (www.socialstudies.org)

  • Culture
  • Time, Continuity, and Change
  • People, Places, and Environment

Language Arts

National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org) and International Reading Association (www.reading.org)

  • Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

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