FOR TEACHERS


​​Embedded within the areas of focus of The Ridge Project (archaeology and on-site dig, Native American history, Federal Road history & Alabama settlement, The Ridge Interpretive Center, etc.), are educational opportunities that are linked to the Alabama State Standards, most especially Social Studies standards.  However, other standards aligned with the Ridge Project include the core academic areas of Language Arts, Technology, Science, and Career Education. This presents a unique opportunity to develop curriculum/lesson plans geared for students to have a variety of customized, experiential learning opportunities in the classroom or on-site at The Ridge Interpretive Center and/or designated sites within the project area. We welcome inquiries from educators for opportunities  to collaborate on linking the historic people, places and events of The Ridge to an integrated K-12 curriculum.  Click here  to contact us to submit your inquiry.


TEACHING AND LEARNING EXAMPLES


We have developed a field trip lesson plan geared to cover Alabama grade 4 social studies standards on pre-historic Native Americans, a classroom lesson plan geared to cover grade 6 social studies standards on the progressive and civil rights eras (this unit integrates technology and geography with social studies), and a classroom lesson plan geared to cover grade 12 ELA standards. 


PRE-HISTORIC NATIVE AMERICANS & ARCHAEOLOGY:  


For two consecutive years, fourth grade students from a local school visited The Ridge Interpretive Center for hands-on learning related to their classroom studies on pre-historic Native Americans.  We can work with teachers to customize field trips and activities or to develop classroom activities on these topics.


Click here  to download the Power Point presentation developed for the second field trip group to introduce them to The Ridge project prior to their visit..


Additional K-12 archaeology lesson plans are available online at the website of the Archaeology Institute of America (AIA):


 http://www.archaeological.org/education/lessonplans    AND


The website of the Society of American Archaeology (SIA):


http://www.saa.org/publicftp/PUBLIC/resources/k12programs.html


Click here to view the SIA flyer for middle school students on careers in Archaeology.


Click here to view a worksheet developed by The Ridge on archaeology careers


INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS DEVELOPED BY THE RIDGE PROJECT


1. SOCIAL STUDIES GRADE 6Unit Title:  Arkansas to Alabama: The Mosaic Templars of America – African Americans During the Progressive Era and Early Civil Rights Movement


Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, The Mosaic Templars of America (MTA) was  the one of the first highly successful, independent African-American operated businesses in the early twentieth century.  One of the founders, John E. Bush, was good friends with Booker T. Washington.  Based on our research, it appears that this connection, and Booker T. Washington's outreach to the rural communities surrounding Tuskegee,  was one of the reasons the MTA was known by the residents of The Ridge..  The MTA member death benefit included a distinctive Vermont marble headstone marked with the MTA insignia (pictured above). By the end of the unit, students will be able to describe the effects of the MTA on social conditions during the Progressive Era and the impact of the organization on the early civil rights movement.  They will also use the internet and maps to pinpoint the locations of historic cemeteries in Macon County that contain MTA headstones.  This lesson can be expanded to include a field trip to one or more of these cemeteries.


​For more information on the MTA, visit http://www.mosaictemplarscenter.com/


2. LITERATURE GRADE 12: Unit Title:  George Wylie Henderson, Jr.’s Ollie Miss

Developed by Sheba Pace, Ph.D. - 

Click here for a unit plan


George Wylie Henderson, Jr. (pictured above - far right)  was a Harlem Renaissance novelist who was born in The Ridge community of Warrior Stand in 1904.  Henderson attended Tuskegee Institute & was in a printer’s apprenticeship program.  He was graduated in 1922, moved to New York City and worked as a linotype operator for the New York Daily News. His first published short story appeared in the Daily News. Henderson went on to publish nine stories in this publication in 1932 and 1933.  He expanded one of the nine stories into a novel entitled Ollie Miss which was published in 1935.  Ollie Miss received critical acclaim for its “authentic portrayal of rural black life through setting and characterization.” 


The settings and characters in Ollie Miss are real places and people.  For example, Henderson’s paternal grandparents were Alex and Caroline Henderson.  Alex Henderson actually owned and farmed land in Warrior Stand.  Warrior Stand, Creek Stand, Hurtsboro, Roba and Hannon are among the locations named in the novel.  Several of the characters named as farmhands working for Alex in the story are listed on the 1910 U.S. Federal Census as members of the Henderson household.


​The unit topic is important because it is a literary piece that transcends time.  Ollie Miss contains literary elements such as complex characters, re-occurring conflicts, and noticeable symbolism.  Equally as important, this novel documents the history of a community.   At the completion of this unit, students will obtain exposure to one particular point of view about the American experience in the South.  

The Ridge is a Resource for Teaching 

and Learning!