When Cultures Collide: The Story of the Esopus Natives and their Encounter with European Colonialism

This curriculum consists of fourteen (14) Lesson Plans, which are based on pre-written history artifacts and historical documents. Each lesson plan provides teachers and students with Document-Based Questions (DBQ).

The lesson plans are arranged chronologically, with the first lesson plan discussing the earliest ancestors of the Lenape Nation. The first six activities use artifacts as the primary documents from which the activities have been created. Lesson Plan Three, titled, “Archeology Field School”, includes a CD-ROM documenting several archeological excavations in Ulster County. In addition, the CD-ROM contains several slides with images of local Native pottery, beads and projectile points.