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Incorporate the Steamboat Barnet in your classroom

The study of the Steamboat Barnet relates to the development of regional economics and the American System.

steamboat Barnet Sketch of the Steamboat Barnet

How to use the Available Resources: 

Our online activities promote the analysis of local primary documents while developing historical comprehension and chronological thinking by research how the Barnet related to the economic growth of the U.S. in the 1800’s.

The Teacher’s Room offers guidance for engaging students in Grades 8-12 with the lessons developed for the Steamboat Barnet Online Exhibit. In addition to information about using these Primary Sources in secondary classrooms, you will find an in-depth background essay for teachers specifically designed to tie national themes with this dynamic local story and provide deeper background information for teachers.

1) Using Primary Sources in Grades 8-12

2) Connecting to the Steamboat Barnet to the larger story

3) How is the background story used: Grades 8-12 Lesson Plans Based on the Exhibit

4) Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks


How to Use the Steamboat Barnet: Emerging Industrialism Site

Enter the exhibit through the Student tab to:

  1. View the different kinds of material that you can explore
  2. Read “The Story,” the narrative that provides historical background
  3. Answer “Essential Questions” to show that you understand the story
  4. Explore the various primary sources, multimedia maps, and timelines that bring the story to life
  5. Meet the Cast of Characters that are important to the story
  6. Browse the sources listed in Links and Literature to draw your own conclusions from the evidence
  7. Prepare yourself to use the website and other sources to analyze and reflect on the exhibit

Secondary school teachers can enter the exhibit through the Teacher tab to:

  1. Read the Teacher Essay for historical background
  2. Consider tools for analysis and reflection
  3. Explore the Teacher’s Room for tips on how to use the background material and primary sources
  4. Review the information on frameworks and standards

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