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Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Colorado History

Colorado History

Students will attain a basic familiarity with the events and individuals significant in the development of Colorado. Topics include: topography, mountain men, Native Americans, the Gold Rush, the creation of the Colorado Territory, law and order, state government, Indian Wars, mining and mining camps, the struggle for statehood, frontier humor and entertainment, wagons to railroads, the founding of Denver and Littleton, the ski industry, natural wonders, and water rights as well as other current issues.

Students analyze a wide variety of documents from Colorado History. Students will develop their capacity for critical analysis, analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources, distinguish between facts and value statements, develop research and writing skills, develop discussion skills, and complete a critical book review of choice.

Readings will be provided by instructor.

Special Assignments
Students may take part in historical simulations and recreations.
Community experts may come to class to speak on various related issues.

Zebulon Pike

William Bent
Alferd Packer
Infamous Alferd Packer

Possible Films
Jerimiah Johnson Little Big Man PBS Documentary

Colorado History Syllabus

- Colorado History In Depth -
Lecture Notes, Reading, and Information:

| The Cheyenne Migration to Colorado |
| The Gratlan Affair, Massacre, Fort Laramie Treaty |

The Cheyenne Social Club
| A Cheyenne War Story: Wolf Road, the Runner |
| Cheyenne Traditions and Beliefs, Sacred Stories |
| Horses, Warriors, War Pipe, Sweatlodge Ceremony |
| Cheyenne War Parties and Battle Tactics |
| The Scalp Dance and Other Cheyenne Dances |

Fort Union
| The Sante Fe Trail and Fort Union |
| Sumner - Ninth Military Department / The First Fort Union |
| Early Arrivals to Fort Union, Daily Life at Fort Union |
| Captain Grover - The New Fort Union, the Confederate Threat |
| Fort Union Arsenal, William Shoemaker, End of Fort Union |

Americans from the East
| Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase |
| The Expedition of Zebulon Pike |
| Pikes Peak or Bust / Colorado Gold Rush |

Colorado's Role in the US Civil War
| The Civil War, Fort Wise / Fort Lyon |
| Mace's Hole, Colonel Canby, F.C.V.R. | Fort Weld |
| The Pet Lambs, John Chivington |
| General Henry Sibly, Battle of Valverde, Fort Union |

Cripple Creek District Labor Strikes
| The Western Federation of Miners / State Militia |
| The 1893 - 1894 Strike | The Strike of 1903 - 1904 |
| The Mine Owners Association |
| Crimes and Military Rule in the Cripple Creek District |
| Marshall Law in Cripple Creek District / End of the Strike |
Early Cripple Creek District
| Photos, Fire, and Life in Cripple Creek |
| Other Colorful Towns in the Cripple Creek District:
Gillett - Colorado's Only Bullfight, Victor, Independence
| A Guide to the Miners' Gritty Lingo |

More Colorado History Information
| Bent's Fort Photos, Personalities, Plans, and More |

| What Was Easter Like at Bent's Fort? |
| Colorado Trivia, Miscellaneous Old Photos,
Western Personalities, Forts, and More

| Lullabies for Jittery Cows - Cowboy Ballads |
| Heraldry of the Branding Iron |
| Project Aims to Clear Infamous Cannibal, Alferd Packer |
Lead Gives Alferd Packer's Story More Weight |
| Legendary Colorado Love Stories: Baby Doe Tabor & More |
| Colorado Pioneer Women: Elizabeth Byers |
| Early Denver Jokes / The History of April Fools' Day |
| History of the US Memorial Day Holiday |

The History of Littleton, Colorado
| History of Littleton: Prehistory - 1859 Colorado Gold Rush |
| Littleton in the Early 1860s / Founding Fathers |

| 1860s: Lewis Ames, Littleton's First Teachers and School,
Indian Troubles and Early Buildings in Littleton

| Littleton 1870 - 1879: Railroads, 1st Church, Highline Canal |
| Littleton in the 1880s: Avery Gallup, First Newspaper |
| The City of Littleton in the 1890s: First Mayor, Pickletown |
| 1900s: South Arapahoe County, Littleton Named County Seat |
| Littleton 1910 - 1920s: Town Improvements / Industry |
| Littleton, Colorado in the 1930s and 1940s |
| The Boom of the 1950s and 1960s in Littleton, Colorado |
| Littleton: 1970s to Present, Concrete Pods and All |
| Littleton Trivia and Stuff You've Always Wondered About! |

Colorado History Book Review Info
| Colorado History Book Review List |
Sample Critical Book Reviews

| Bent | Summit |

Colorado History Research Activity
| Sand Creek |

Colorado Geography Activities / Worksheets
| Colorado Map Activity | Mountain Passes | Mining Camps |
| Mineral Names | Fun Names | Indian Names | Spanish Names |

Relevant Colorado History Movies - Viewer Worksheets
| Pueblo Cliff Dwellers | Little Big Man |
| A Man Called Horse | Jeremiah Johnson |

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