Read other books about traveling on the Oregon Trail.
General Response Suggestions for Books Suggested
- Make a map of the route the family/person took westward. On the map mark the places and towns mentioned in the book.
- Compare and contrast the life during those times with the life you live.
- Divide a piece of paper down the middle
vertically. On the left-hand side of the paper, list some "modern"
convenience that you or your family uses everyday in your household --
for example, a clothes dryer or washing machine. In the right-hand
column opposite the item in the left column, write how the pioneer
famiy would have accomplished the same task as the one performed by the
- From the information in the book, detail
the time schedule that one of the characters might follow during a
typical day. Make a time schedule for yourself.
Questions to Answer/Discuss:
- What do you think was the problem with the
family's father after the children's mother died? How do you think he
might have been helped in 1852? How do you think he might have been
helped in this century?
- How did the girls demonstrated their resourcefulness in their search for water? Cite specifics from the book.