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By Eleanor MacDonald

This is a superb source for objectives-based schooling. as the starting place of the social reports curriculum is the kin, A Window into historical past supplies academics an enticing process for introducing scholars to books which are based as own narratives of relations histories. those books, either fiction and nonfiction, mixed with hugely acceptable actions and initiatives, construct issues round neighborhood, background, and cultural or social variations. additionally, the range of cultural backgrounds within the titles makes A Window into historical past specifically worthwhile in courses that emphasize multicultural concerns. suggested instructor source for grades 3-8.

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Adapted with an introduction by Lillian Schissel. Pictures by Michael McCurdy. Simon & Schuster, 1993. Source of Material: Amelia Stewart Knight’s diary of the journey. Locations: Iowa to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. Date: 1853. Grade: 2 to 5. This richly illustrated picture book excerpts the diary entries of a pioneer woman, Amelia, to show the difficulties and dangers of overland emigration to Oregon. The journey described in this journal begins in the rain of early April and ends in September.

Date: 1852. Grade: 5 to 8. In the spring of 1852, nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd sets off with her family to make the long journey to the Oregon Territory. Though warned of the dangers ahead, her father is convinced that a family that is careful and well prepared can safely make the journey. Mary is the eldest of three girls, and they are joined by John, a local boy who works for their father. Though they are well prepared, they have their share of difficulties. There are dangerous river crossings; shortages of food, fuel, and water; and they are attacked by Indians.

There are beds with straw mattresses and a real table and chairs. ” 42 A Window into History: Family Memory in Children's Literature ............................................................................................................................................... SPECIAL PROJECTS AND ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES The projects included in this chapter are designed to give students hands-on experience with a variety of the tasks and skills employed by pioneer families in their daily life. Using basic tools and the materials at hand, these resourceful men and women built simple homes and gradually added comfort and simple decoration.

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