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Teachers Room (Grades 8-12)

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Overview of Grades 8-12 Curriculum

This page offers guidance for engaging students with the Grades 8-12-focused pages on the, “Communitarian Experiment,” part of the larger, “Radical Equality: 1842-1846″ exhibit about the utopian abolitionist community, the Northampton Association of Education and Industry (NAEI). Find two richly resourced, interactive grades 8-12 lessons.(The site also has grades 3-5 lessons.): 

Lesson: A Window into the Communitarian Moment


Lesson: Creating a Utopian Community



All of the materials needed for these lessons are available to download as Word documents on the Downloads page.


Reliable secondary sources provide context that helps make sense of evidence from the past: documents, artifacts, and images called primary sources. Who made the items that we are studying? Why? Where did they come from? What was happening around them?

  1. An illustrated version of the story of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry (NAEI) for high school students and adults appears on the "Background" pages.
  2. video tour offers yet another, highly accessible way to learn much of the background.


What makes these secondary sources reliable?

ALL of our sources are directly based on extensive research veteran scholars led by Kerry Buckley of Historic Northampton, and Christopher Clark at the University of Connecticut. Reference their published works on our "Sources" page, under “Explanation of Sources.”

Handwritten letter describing life in the community
Lesson: A Window into the Communitarian Moment
Explore a utopian community's background, member biographies, letters, and Constitution; connect to national reforms of the era.
"Design for Cocoonery" drawing showing a structure with spaces for silk worms to spin cocoons.
Lesson: Creating a Utopian Community
Design a utopian community informed by ideals and experiences of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry.

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