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Montana: Stories of the Land

Companion Website and Online Teacher's Guide

Chapter 16 - Montana and World War I, 1914-1918

Educator Resources

For simplicity's sake, the textbook separates the intertwined histories of radical political movements (discussed in chapter 15) and the conservative response, particularly as represented by the lynching of Frank Little and the passage of the Montana Sedition Act (discussed in chapter 16). However, these stories are clearly interconnected. Ideally, then, this chapter will be taught in tandem with Chapter 15, "Progressive Montana." Equally, educators may find links listed on Chapter 15's companion web pages of use when teaching this chapter.


  • Inspired by reading specialist Tammy Elser, who was in turn inspired by SKC graduate Taylor Crawford, we've created a "Takeaway" bookmark for every chapter of Montana: Stories of the Land. Before starting a chapter, print and cut out these bookmarks and distribute them to your students. Ask them to use the Takeaway to summarize the GIST of what they learn from reading assigned sections of the chapter. Remind them that they don't have much room, so they'll need to think before they write down the most important idea they want to take away from the section. Learn a little more about the GIST strategy.

  • Even though we've created Takeaways for every chapter, we don't recommend you have your students complete a Takeaway for every section of every chapter they read. That would be exceedingly tedious. However, used appropriately, they can be a useful tool for encouraging reflection and teaching students how to summarize information.

Websites and Online Lesson Plans

Videos or DVDs

Possible Fieldtrips: View the Map

Alignment to ELA Common Core Standards

Content Standards and Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians (EU)

Tests and Answer Keys

Machine Gun Crew
Machine gun crew, MT National Guard, Butte, Sept. 1, 1914, photo by King, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives 958-184
War Garden
War garden in Helena, 1918, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 2005-4 A1 p10
Hazel Odegard
Hazel Odegard, 1919, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives PAc 88-100 F2/5
Drill Work
Drill work, Butte mine, No. 1 A ore, ca. 1910, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives Lot 8 Box 1/9.04