Over the past several years, several southern Arizona watershed groups including the Cienega Watershed Partnership, Gila Watershed Partnership, and Altar Valley Conservation Alliance have been exploring their watershed connections through a process called a Shared History timeline. Shared History timeline exercises are used to engage many different residents in conversations about the unique development of their watershed over time.
The resulting project, now implemented in Elgin and Altar Valley and available for your use, is the Shared History of the Watershed Curriculum.
Learn more and access the curriculum lesson plans:
About the Project
Learn more about the history behind the Shared History project, including our partners for this project.
Lesson Plan Introduction and Standards
Locating students in the shared history of the watershed by creating a curriculum guide. Why teach with the watershed in mind?
Unit One: Shared History and Creating Personal Timelines
Students will learn about the efforts to create a shared history of the watershed and understand why this is important.
Unit Two: What is a Watershed and What Makes Our Watershed Unique?
Three sub-lessons to explore what a watershed is, getting to know your watershed, and changing conditions in the watershed.
Unit Three: Conducting Oral Histories
Students will learn the reasons for conducting oral histories, how to develop interview questions and they will practice oral history interviewing procedures.
Unit Four: Digital Storytelling
Information coming soon.
View photos from the Shared History Curriculum Project at Elgin School and Altar Valley Middle School.