Letters from Anne
The Norskedalen Letters from Anne curriculum is an interdisciplinary look at life in the 1860s, as told through the letters of Anne Engum. Anne is a real-life teenage immigrant to the Coon Valley region of Wisconsin. Through her letters, students learn the themes of conservation and push/pull factors. Norskedalen has developed lessons that can be used or adapted for grades 3-8, with a related lesson in all of the core subjects. Lessons in each subject were drawn from both Wisconsin and national academic standards, and developed by the educational staff at Norskedalen alongside current public school educators.
Here’s what teachers have said about using Letters from Anne in their classrooms:
“My students really connected with the actual letters, and the REALLY loved the slideshows where they got to pretend they were immigrants and decided what class they would travel as, what size trunk they would take, etc…the other piece they students and I were excited about is the piece about soil erosion. It connected perfectly with what they were learning in science already – a perfect extension!” J. L., Aquinas Schools
“My students learned so much from the ‘Letters from Anne’ curriculum! The primary source materials were an excellent way for students to experience history first-hand! As a retired principal and curriculum director I was especially impressed with the integration of all subjects through this curriculum. I highly recommend this resource to all educators.” Sandy Brauer, retired Holmen and La Crosse School Districts principal and curriculum director.