Lesson 1 (from Introduction & Chapter 1)
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water is a book about land development and water policy in the U.S. by environmentalist and writer Marc Reisner. Reisner's revisionist history embodies a new approach in its thematic selection of events used to tell a new history of the West and the greed and competitiveness behind the American Dream. In this lesson, students are introduced to the book and will research and discuss historical revisionism and Marc Reisner.
Teacher Lecture: Introduce the class to the book and author. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, published in 1986 and revised and updated in 1993, is a revisionist history of land development and water policy in the United States as it applies to the West.
Research Activity: Students are given time in class to conduct research on the author, Marc Reisner, and the concept and genre...
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