Teacher's Guide

     The Alaska Content Standards are broad statements of what students should know and be able to do as a result of their twelve years of public schooling. Alaska's Gold activities are standards-based to help teachers connect student learning to the mastery of the Content and Performance Standards adopted by the Alaska Board of Education. Additional information about standards is on the Department of Education's web site.

     Alaska's Gold can be used to extend learning in many content areas. However the strongest correlation is found the following History, Technology, Cultural Relevancy and English/Language Arts standards. Connections to other standards are identified in the teacher guide section by the specific gold rush themes. The Alaska Framework document is on-line and provides excellent ideas, models and assessments in the major content areas.

Alaska Content Standard in History

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A. A student should understand that history is a record of human experiences that links the past to the present and the future.
5. Understand that history is a narrative told in many voices and expresses various perspectives of historical experience
6. Know that cultural elements, including language, literature, the arts, customs and belief systems, reflect the ideas and attitudes of a specific time and know how the cultural elements influence human interaction
B. A student should develop the skills and processes of historical inquiry.
1. Use appropriate technology to access, retrieve, organize and present historical information
2. Use historical data from a variety of primary resources, including letters, diaries, oral accounts, archeological sites and artifacts, art, maps, photos, historical sites, documents and secondary research materials, including almanacs, books, indices and newspapers;

Alaska Content Standard in English/Language Arts

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D. A student should be able to think logically and reflectively in order to present and explain positions based on relevant and reliable information
1e. Determining an authorís purpose
2. Evaluate the validity, objectivity, reliability and quality of information read, heard and seen
E. A student should understand and respect the perspectives of others in order to communicate effectively
1. Use information, both oral and written and literature of many types and cultures to understand self and others
2. Evaluate content from the speakerís or authorís perspective
3. Recognize bias in all forms of communication; and
4. Recognize the communication styles of different cultures and their possible effects on others

Alaska Content Standard in Technology

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A. A student should be able to operate technology-based tools.
2. Use technology tools for learning, communications and productivity
3. Use local and worldwide networks
B. A student should be able to use technology to locate, select, and manage information.
1. Identify and locate information sources using technology
2. Choose sources of information from a variety of media
3. Select relevant information by applying accepted research methods

Alaska Cultural Standards

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A4. Culturally responsive curriculum reinforces the integrity of the cultural knowledge that students bring with them-respects and validates knowledge that has been derived from a variety of cultural traditions.
B2. Provides students with an understanding of the dynamics of cultural systems as they change over time, and as they are impacted by external forces
C2. Recognizes the depth of knowledge that is associated with the long inhabitation of a particular place
D1. Draws parallels between knowledge derived from oral tradition and that derived from books

Alaska Performance Standards for Alaska Students

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     Alaska Performance Standards are measurable statements of what students should know and be able to do. The performance standards listed here are the basis for testing questions being developed by the State of Alaska for Alaskan students.

    The activities at this website strongly support the following Performance Standards.

     Reading: (ages 11-14)  Students know and are able to do everything required at earlier ages and:
1. Apply knowledge of word origins, structure and context clues and root words, and use dictionaries and glossaries, to determine the meaning of new words and to comprehend text; (Eng./L.A.: B.1)
9. Connect themes to personal experiences, experiences of others, and other texts, and locate evidence from texts to support or illustrate these connections; and (Eng/L.A.: B.3)

10. Compare and contrast how texts reflect historical and cultural influences. (Eng/L.A.: E.1)

     Reading: (ages 15-18)  Students know and are able to do everything required at earlier ages and:

5. Cite sources of information using a standard method of documentation. (Eng/L.A.: D.3)

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