Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TBR Pile: If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine; illustrated by Elroy Freem

Synopsis:


If you traveled west in a covered wagon

--Would you ride in the wagon for the whole trip?
--How would you cross rivers when there were no bridges?
--Without road signs, how would you know where you were?



This book tells you what it was like to be a pioneer and travel west to Oregon in the 1840s.


Details:

Paperback, 80 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Scholastic Paperbacks

Why I Want to Read This:

Like the other books in this series, this book helps students envision what traveling west may have been like. Students could generate journal entries, short stories, list positives/negatives of living in a wagon traveling West, as well as many other creative options.

The book could be used in history classes for younger elementary students all the way through middle school or high school. Since the illustrations are paired with easy to understand text, readers of all ages and ability levels will be able to connect with the idea on some level to experiences in their own lives.

Since this time in history was filled with many unsure experiences with all involved, with many different people and economic groups interacting, this book could be expanded for use with many different disciplines far beyond merely social studies/history.

It can supplement many different types of discussions depending on teacher/student needs.

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