|Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada|
Photo Credit: James Marvin Phelps
Latitude, longitude, and directions. Do World Geography Daily Skill Builders activities 5-8.
Create a map with Zeemaps. Suggestions: A homeschooling map, a family map, a travel map, a personal map.
Go around the circle, everyone naming a state. If you can't think of one that hasn't been named, you're out.
Do this state worksheet in pairs.
Six Things to Know About Western US
1. Rocky Mountains
Sangre de Cristo Range
San Juan Mountains
Sierra Nevada Range
Great Basin Desert
Where are the boundaries for a desert?
3. Rivers & Lakes
4. Natural Wonders
5. History Points
Settlers and Frontiersman
Western Expansion and Railroad
6. States and Capitals West of the Mississippi
Activity: Folk Hero Workshop
Print out this worksheet.
Watch Paul Bunyan
Watch Pecos Bill
Talk about similarities between the two legends, similarities with other mythologies. What was the need in the old west for "tall tales"? What did we need from a folk hero then? How are folk heros in America like Greek gods? How different? (Dispassionate, explain natural phenomena, interact with humans, human origin / supernatural origin) What attitudes from folk hero stories have we now discarded? (timbering is good, smoking, gunslinging, native americans no longer enemies) What new folk heroes might be needed in this contemporary age?
Create a folk hero using the worksheet. Work alone, in pairs, or as a team.
Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman
Activity: Old West Characters.
Watch one of these movies:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Dances with Wolves.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
See how many of these old west character archetypes you can identify. Read over the list before you watch:
Fastest Gun in the West
The Sheriff and the Clueless Deputy
Snake Oil Salesman
Pony Express Rider
The Piano Player
The Noble Indian
The Savage Indian
Time: 20 Minutes
Length: 1 page
Discuss: What is a pioneer?
Ask yourself the question: Would you be a pioneer or not? You can choose whatever frontier you want -- one we talked about or one we didn't think of yet. Politics, art, space, jungle, desert, sports, business, science, math, archaeology, etc. Remember as per our discussion there are lots of good reasons to be a pioneer and there are lots of good reasons NOT to be a pioneer. Choose one:
I will be a pioneer. OR I will not be a pioneer.
Your short essay will have four paragraphs.
Intro: Where is the frontier? Make sure your reader knows what field you are talking about.
Body: What is a pioneer on this frontier? Who will I be and what is my role?