Guess Who and Where?

The intent of the lesson is to introduce the study of the Native Americans of Maryland. Students will use close reading of primary source maps of the period, plus contextualization from artifacts provided through the Maryland Historical Society traveling trunk, to conclude which group of people will be studied as well as their location.

Lesson Objective

Students will be able to discover the people group and location of study by analyzing artifacts and a primary source map.



  1. Before the Lesson: Students should already have instruction in the basic geography of Maryland, as well as close reading activities and contextualization.
  2. In this lesson, divide students into groups. They will examine 1 or 2 artifacts using the capture sheet which directs them to look for materials, analyze for use, user, and location of origin. Each group will have different artifacts from the traveling trunk. The artifacts are rotated every 5 minutes until each group has analyzed every object. Discuss contextualization.
  3. Lead brainstorming about the objects and who we might be studying. (Native Americans – though they may determine Africans or specify a tribe or refer to South America, geographic location will be addressed next)
  4. Give student groups the maps on pages 30 and 31 of the curriculum guide. Review primary and secondary sources and their values, as well as close reading activities. Give time for students to discuss what they see on the maps. Record observations on a class chart. Guide them to determine the location that will be studied – Maryland. Show the map on page 27 in order to compare the others with a more modern map.
  5. Evaluate student understanding through the use of two questions that will be answered in the student social studies response journal: (1) Who is being studied in this unit? Where is this group located? and (2) How did you come to these conclusions? Use examples from the map study and artifact investigation.


Score response journals which should indicate the analysis of the given map and artifacts as evidence for answers.


The Maryland Historical Society.