As the book is read or after finish reading study the time line,
appeneded in the back of the book, of Daniel Boone's life. He was born
November 2, 1734 in the Pennsylvania frontier, near Exeter. He died in
1820. Create a map showing the travels Boone made during his lifetime.
The map should start in Pennsylvania and end in Missouri. Color code
the chart to help those using the map to know the time period when
Boone would have been in the region indicated.
Curriculum Connections: Daniel Boone
Those who are
interested in a person's life and contribution to history will find
details and even contradictions by reading a variety of sources about
that person's life. As young readers read multiple sources about Boone
and his exploits many details will reveal themselves. In addition young
learners will gain a respect for the enormous task it is for a
biographer to verify information and to select what information to
share with readers to create a readable text.
There's much to
be discovered about Daniel Boone, and Lawlor does not shy from
presenting the facts as she found them in historical documents. The
hardships endured by his family is almost unfathomable. His wife
Rebecca seemed, with the exception of one indiscretion, to have been
the loyal follower. And for the most part Rebecca stayed by his side
even when threatened by groups (Native American tribes and British
soldiers for example) who did not want the Boone's and their entourage
settling the land which later became the state of Kentucky.
Visit the site of Daniel Boone's birth
in Berks County, Pennsylvania. What is your reaction to the site as it
stands now? Do you think the places Daniel Boone lived later in his
life, with Rebecca, were as spacious? The mid-18th century structure
that survives today is built over the spring and cellar where the first
Boone log cabin stood and where young Daniel Boone lived before his
family moved to North Carolina. Read more about the homestead.
For more links about Daniel Boone, click here. How does this information compare with what you learned by reading Daniel Boone by Laurie Lawlor? Do you have any questions that are unanswered?
Lucid Interactive's website has some information and links related to Daniel Boone. Click here to access "Daniel Boone: American Pioneer and Trail Blazer."
© 2002 Laurie Lawlor. All rights reserved.
Text for Curriculum section © 2002 Sharron McElmeel @ McBookwords.
Portions of this text may have been published in earlier publications
by Sharron L. McElmeel and are reprinted here with permission.