WESTWARD HO! You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime - the move west with a wagon train on the Oregon Trail. This is no easy journey, though. Your success will require careful planning, research, and expert navigation skills. Fortunately for you, you are not among the first to take the trip.
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THE REPORTERS THE MAPPERS THE INFORMERS THE MUSICIANS
With a partner you will choose from one of four roles:
1. As assistant editors of a Chicago newspaper, you have decided to make the move west to begin the first organized newspaper in Oregon's Williamette Valley. Your first issue will feature a complete detailed article of your experiences from Philadelphia to Oregon, an obvious informational resource for those who will travel after you.
Working in groups of 2, you will research material about people who traveled the Oregon Trail in the 1850's and write an article for your newly formed newspaper about the events of your "journey".
2. As a surveyor and outdoorsman, you understand the difficulties of crossing the country into the wild frontier. You use your skills and equipment to create a map to help others along in their journeyYou and two other partners are to develop a detailed map outlining the overland route taken from Chicago to Oregon which will help to promote the lure of the trail and entice others to make their way west. Indicate the routes which could have been taken by train, then by stage coach, and finally by wagon train. The poster will contain drawings that point out areas of land claims, other important stops on the trail both for rest and supplies, and any dangerous areas as determined by your research.
3. In groups of two, create a flyer for travelers to help them determine how much and what kind of supplies they will need to take on their journey across the trail. This flyer should be made available for travelers in any towns that wagon trains meet to begin the journey. Make sure the amounts will be sufficient without weighing down the wagon and slowing down the pace. Your one page flyer should include a list for travelers or foodstuff, clothing, hardware supplies, cookware, tools, medicine. You should also indicate approximate time of the year to begin the journey so that travelers can reach Oregon before winter. Share your findings with the other "trail members".
4. As trained musicians, you and your partner pack your guitar and fiddle and join the trip west. While on your trip, you observe life along the trail with all its heartaches and hard work, along with the beauty of the untamed frontier. All of these things inspire you to write and you and your partner compose at least two songs (words and melody) that help those who hear you understand what the trail is all about. You will then perform your songs for the other "trail members".
You should now have a better understanding of the Jamestown colony and the difficulties endured by those who where involved in its settlement.
The Oregon Trail http://www.isu.edu/%7Etrinmich/Oregontrail.html
A complete primer on the Oregon Trail.
From St. Louis to Oregon City, more than two dozen sites to visit.
Wind-powered wagons. A $100 drink of water. And much more.
Full-text of Trail diaries and books.
Videos, books, kids books, audio tapes, and computer games.
Oregon Trail : The Trail West http://www.ukans.edu/kansas/seneca/oregon/mainpage.html
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