1. Ask students if they have ever taken an “adventure?” Have a discussion about adventures and trips students have taken in the past.
2. Provide students with an introduction to the Oregon Trail using available resources.
3. Provide the students with a senario in which their families have decided to take the Oregon Trail to the West.
4. Instruct students to draw (younger students) or write (older students) a story about their ‘experience’ on their journey on the Oregon Trail. (Students could use the computer to design a powerpoint presentation storyline about their journey.)
Library of Congress information about the Oregon Trail:
Background information on pioneers:
This lesson was developed by Dr. Averil McClelland and adapted by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University, based on a WebQuest by Rob Dent and Paula White, in collaboration with the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.