Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library – Educator Resources

Welcome to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library’s educator resource page. Teachers are invited to explore these resources, which relate to two topics:

Teenage Hoboes in the Great Depression – This online exhibition, a long-time favorite of educators across the country, traces the struggle of the 50,000 young people who left home during the Great Depression.

Lexington in 1775: Colonial Life and the American Revolution

These curricular materials highlight daily life, economy, and politics in Lexington right before the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775.

The units are flexible. For younger students, they can be used to evoke the experience of living in revolutionary times; through them, more advanced secondary students can explore how primary evidence reveals the worldviews and motivations of bygone times. Elementary school teachers are invited to use these materials to turn primary evidence into stories that allow their students to imagine the complexities of the lives of real children who lived in Lexington in 1775. Secondary level teachers are invited to use and adapt the materials flexibly.

The curricula are aligned to the Massachusetts Department of Education’s history curriculum framework.

Curriculum Unit for 3rd Grade

The third grade unit focuses in local history – students learn about everyday life in colonial Lexington by taking on the roles of real children who lived in the town in 1775. Through exploring family life, farm life, the economy, and community life, students come to understand that English colonists living in Lexington wanted to protect their freedom to own land and to govern themselves.

Supplementary Material for 5th Grade American History Instruction

The fifth grade lessons are supplements that explore slavery in New England, taxation, women’s political participation, and self-government in Massachusetts.

These instructional materials were developed by a team of Lexington elementary school teachers and curriculum specialists in 2003-2004. The team aimed to integrate recent scholarship into curricula using primary material chosen from the region’s rich historical resources.

Thanks to the following people and organizations for their contributions to this curriculum development project: Barbara Baker, Cathy Coté, Mary Fuhrer, Sazi Marden, Alice Promisel, Kate Rhuda, Cynthia Robinson, Vicky Schwartz, the Lexington Public Schools, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Focus Grant.

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