American West Unit #4 Fur Trade and Trails Assignment #1 Fur Trade (33 points)



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American West Unit #4 Fur Trade and Trails

Assignment #1 Fur Trade (33 points)


Students must go to internet sources and read about different aspects of the American Fur trade in the west. Use the ID list below as a guide for things sites at will help. Be sure to see the Sir’s great power-point about the fur trade in class as well.

Suggested movies on the subject:

“Jeremiah Johnson” starring Robert Redford

“Mountain Men” starring Charlton Hesston

“The Man in the Wilderness” starring Richard Harris

Identify the following:


      1. Dr. John McLoughlin

      2. Hudson Bay Company

      3. John Jacob Astor

      4. Manuel Lisa

      5. John Colter

      6. Mike Fink

      7. Hugh Glass

      8. Jim Bridger

      9. Kit Carson

      10. Jedidiah Smith



Essential Questions:


1. Why was the beaver pelt such an important commodity during the first 40 years of the 19th Century? (2 Points)

2. What kinds of dangers did men face who searched for and trapped the beaver in the west? (5 Points, make a list)

3. What was a rendezvous? (4 Points)

4. What sort of things happened at a rendezvous? Describe. (4 Points)

5. When the trappers traded for pelts from Indians, what things did the Indians want in return for their pelts? (4 Points)

6, What trade item was prized most by the Indians? Why? (2 Points)


7. Why did the beaver pelt trade eventually diminish in the west? (2 Points)

Assignment #2 Santa Fe Trail


Students should go to the following website for information, reading and numerous links for much information on the Santa Fe Trail:

http://www.kansasheritage.org/research/sft/

Students should also search the web on their own for the many sites, images and information on the Santa Fe Trail.

Books:


Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847 (American Tribal Religions) by Susan Shelby Magoffin,

The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore by David Dary


Commerce of the Prairie by Josiah Gregg (1806-1850)

Identify the following:


  1. William Becknell

  2. Council Grove, Kansas

  3. Susan Shelby Magoffin

  4. Pawnee Rock

  5. Bent’s Fort

  6. Gen. Stephen Watts Kearney

  7. Mormon Battalian

  8. Santa Fe, New Mexico


Essential Questions:

  1. Why was it important to connect Santa Fe with the United States? What reasons did the Mexicans have to want U.S. trade? Explain (6 Points)




  1. What is a mule? (2 Points)




  1. What is an oxen? (2 Points)




  1. Why was Council Grove such an important stop on the Santa Fe Trail? (2 Points)




  1. What is so important about Susan Shelby Magoffin? (4 Points)




  1. Name the two branches of the Santa Fe Trail and list the main difficulty of taking that branch of the trail. (4 Points)




  1. What was so important about Bent’s Fort? (4 Points)




  1. How did Santa Fe become American Territory? (2 Points)



  1. Why did the Santa Fe Trail eventually fall into disuse? (2 Points)



  2. What technological invention made the trail obsolete?

Assignment #3 Santa Fe Trail Presentation (100 Points)

Pick a spot along the Santa Fe Trail the create prepare a very short presentation about that spot to share with the class using Power-point, U-tube and/ or other forms of technology. Explain why this spot is important, what maybe happened there, and include any appropriate images of that location. We will present these in class in order as listed below.




  1. Old Franklin and Fort Osage

  2. Westport, Missouri

  3. Shawnee Mission, Kansas

  4. Council Grove

  5. Diamond Spring and Lost Spring

  6. Little Arkansas Crossing and the Stone Corral

  7. Chavez Creek and Ralph’s Ruts

  8. Ft Zarah

  9. Pawnee Rock and Ash Creek Crossing

  10. Ft. Larned

  11. Ft. Dodge and the Caches

  12. Bent’s Fort

  13. Raton Pass and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

  14. Wagon Bed Spring

  15. Rabbit Ears and Round Mound

  16. Wagon Mound

  17. Ft Union

  18. Pecos Ruins

  19. Glorieta Pass

  20. Santa Fe

. Students will be graded on:

a. Verbal presentation,

b. Visual aids including technology,

c. Written paper

1. Quality of content

2. Core curriculum writing skills

d. Works cited

Project will be divided into 2 grades:

a. + b. = 50 Points

c. + d. = 50 Points

Assignment #4 Oregon Trail (58 Points)

Students should find the following and or other websites and explore the Oregon Trail and read about the trail.


http://www.historyglobe.com/ot/otmap1.htm fun site
http://www.america101.us/trail/Oregontrail.html
http://www.nps.gov/oreg/index.htm National Park Service stie
http://www.oregontrailcenter.org/HistoricalTrails/Supplies.htm
http://www.oregontrailcenter.org/HistoricalTrails/OregonCaliforniaTrails.htm
http://historyofmormonism.com Mormon History site.
There are many more sties. Go explore.
Identify the following:

1. John C. Fremont

2. Kit Carson

3. Marcus and NarcissaWhitman

4. Great Migration

5. Prairie Schooners

6. Donner Party

7. Chimney Rock

8. Independence Rock

9. South Pass

10. Columbia River

11. California Trail

12. Mormon Trail

13. Joseph Smith

14. Brigham Young

Essential Questions:

1. What was the main reason for the Oregon Trail? (2 Points)

2. Describe the most common forms of transportation used on the trail. People? Animals, Their goods and supplies? (6 Points)

3. How was this different from the Santa Fe Trail? (4 Points)

4. What were the worst hazards of traveling on the Oregon Trail? (6 Points) make a list.

5. What very odd landmark did travelers encounter in western Nebraska?

6. Why was it so important to reach Independence Rock on or near the 4th of July? (4 Points)

7. What event caused such a huge rush of people over the Oregon Trail in the late 1840’s?

8. The Oregon Trail branched into 3 major trails as various points. What were the 3 destinations and why did people go those separate ways? (6 Points)

9. Who were the Donner Party and what happened to them? Research and give a full explanation (10 Points)

10. Why did the Mormans decide to go to the Salt Lake in Utah? (4 Points)

Assignment # 5 Short Oregon Trail Project (100 Points)

Pick a spot along the Oregon Trail the create prepare a very short presentation about that spot to share with the class using Power-point, U-tube and/ or other forms of technology. Explain why this spot is important, what maybe happened there, and include any appropriate images of that location. We will present these in class in order as listed below.
1. Westport and/or St Joseph, Missouri

2. Ft. Kearney Neb. – Platte River

3. Chimney Rock, Neb.

4. Scott’s Bluff, Neb.

5. Ft. Laramie, Wyoming

6. Independence Rock, Wyoming

7. Sweetwater River, Martin’s Cove, Wyoming

8. South Pass, and Ft. Bridger, Wyoming

9. Bear River, and Sheep Rock, Idaho

10. Ft. Hall and Massacre Rock, Idaho

11. Willamette Valley, Oregon

12. Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood, Oregon

13. Ft. Vancouver, Washington

14. Salt Lake Cutoff

15. Humbolt Sink

16. Donner Pass – Sierra Nevada Mts.

17. Sacramento and San Francisco, California

. Students will be graded on:

a. Verbal presentation,

b. Visual aids including technology,

c. Written paper

1. Quality of content

2. Core curriculum writing skills

d. Works cited


Project will be divided into 2 grades:

a. + b. = 50 Points



c. + d. = 50 Points


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