Introduction: The Journey Begins
Paint the Oregon Trail
Chapter 1: A Land Deal
Examine the Words of Thomas Jefferson
Write a Treaty
How Did the Louisiana Purchase Change America?
Mapping the Changes of the United States
Where in the World Are You?
Exploring the Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny
Chapter 2: Exploring the West
Mapping Lewis and Clark and the Overland Astorians
Create a Storyboard of Sacagawea's Life
Chapter 3: New Beginnings
Keep a Journal
Write a Letter
Create a Newspaper
Chapter 4: Life on the Trail
Packing for a Trip
Chapter 5: The End of the Trail
Build a Fort
Chapter 6: The Transcontinental Railroad
Through the Eyes of a Native American Teen
Where Do You Come From?
Reporting on the Transcontinental Railroad
Mapping the Railroads
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Karen Bush Gibson is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for children and a member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. One of her books about women aviators was named a 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People by the NCSS and a selection in Air & Space/Smithsonian's Best Children's Books of 2013 roundup of aviation and space-themed books. Karen lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master's degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including The Brain: Journey Through the Universe Inside Your Head; Cities: Discover How They Work; and Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind. Tom lives in South Bend, Indiana.
School Library Journal
This interactive survey of 19th-century American history focuses on westward expansion from early exploration to the realities of life on the Oregon Trail to the effects on native peoples and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Amply illustrated with cartoons and photographs, the text is kid-friendly with helpful insets that define new vocabulary as it occurs. Other insets provide supplemental information including passages from letters and journals, accounts of real families, essential questions to ponder, and QR codes that link to relevant web pages, many of them containing primary sources. Each chapter ends with activities that invite readers to delve deeper into the material or to put themselves in the shoes of early Americans. The language of some of the primary documents will be difficult for elementary schoolers and some things could use further explanation. Overall, however, the activities are thought-provoking and web links enrich the material covered. While not necessarily a book children will read from cover to cover, this is a valuable springboard for classroom teachers looking to bring immediacy to American history units and research projects. Additional Resources. Glossary. Index. Recommended
Always in the Middle
The Oregon Trail is a superb addition to anyone's historical non-fiction library shelf. Never boring and always fascinating, jump on board the next wagon and enjoy the ride.