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The National Archives at Denver is in the process of creating primary source document lesson packages using documents from each of the seven states in our region. Each "lesson" includes one or more documents, correlations to National History Standards and the appropriate state standards, background information about the document(s), and a few suggested teaching activities that can easily be incorporated into your exiting curriculum. Lessons are now available for Montana and New Mexico. Additional states will be forthcoming in the coming months. These primary source lessons may be downloaded to your computer or they are also available in CD format. Please send your requests for CDs to Eileen Bolger, Regional Archives Director at eileen.bolger@nara.gov

  • Montana Lessons
    This file contains primary source documents—all from Montana—that relate to various topics in American history and includes suggested teaching activities.

  • New Mexico Lessons
    This file contains primary source documents—all from New Mexico—that relate to various topics in American history and includes suggested teaching activities.

  • Utah Lessons
    This file contains primary source documents—all from Utah—that relate to various topics in American history and includes suggested teaching activities.

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