Civil War Quest Curriculum

Questing provides students with an opportunity to investigate a place. Place provides opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and critical thinking. By following the inquiry process, they make observations, ask questions, gather information, construct new knowledge, share their work with authentic audiences, and reflect. Grades 6-8

By seeking, finding, and touching they get to make physical connections that increase their motivation for and investment in the learning process. They attach meaning to experiences, and nest the experiences into a narrative or “story” that lives in their memories. Utilizing field work and technology to make maps, record images, learn from and digitize primary sources, students move from “studying about” something long ago to “participating in” something of relevance. Place-based approaches to teaching  are wonderful-and valuable. Service-Learning projects are valuable, too, especially when students take the time to share what students have learned with their peers, families and the broader community.

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Take Your class on a Civil War Quest

Location, Name Duration Special Features Walking Conditions Physical Difficulty Optional Gear Season Clue Update
Chester, VT
CLOSED
Chester
1:00 Civil War, Historical Pavement Easy Bicycle May-Oct View
Hartford, VT
Hartford in the Civil War Quest
:45 Civil War, Historical Trail Moderate Pencil May-Oct View
Thetford, VT
Thetford Center Civil War Cemetery Quest
1:00 Civil War, Historical Trail Moderate Compass Jun-Oct None
Thetford, VT
The Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Quest
:20 Civil War, Historical Trail Easy Compass May-Oct None
Thetford, VT
Post Mills Cemetery Quest
:30 Civil War, Historical Trail Easy Compass Year Round None
Windsor, VT
American Precision Museum Quest: Windsor in the 1860s
:45 Architectural, Civil War, Historical Pavement Easy Compass, Pencil May-Oct None
Woodstock, VT
CWM
:30 Civil War, Historical Pavement Moderate   May-Oct None

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Sara Cottingham

Valley Quest Coordinator

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— Sara Cottingham, Valley Quest Coordinator

Sara holds a BA in Geography and an MS in Community & Regional Planning, both from the University of Texas at Austin. A watershed planner by trade, Sara’s inner compass is guided by a passion for rural and mountainous places. After brief stints working for state and federal agencies, Sara spent the last four years cleaning up rivers in West Virginia. Her favorite pastimes include looking at maps, making art, exploring woods and rivers, and playing old-time fiddle and banjo for contra dances. Sara also maintains a private practice as an independent grant writer for nonprofits.