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Document #8: Table of Mortality by Age Group and Gender

Adults

Children

Total

Men

Women

Total

Boys

Girls

Total

Male

Female

Total

22

5

27

10

4

14

32

9

41

7

10

17

16

15

31

23

25

48

29

15

44

26

19

45

55

34

89

Read the table above and interpret the data. Who survived and who died? What interesting conclusions you can draw from these statistics?

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DONNER PARTY ESSAY: STRUCTURE

Question: How did people in the 1840’s view the American West? How did the story of the Donner Party help to strike down the myth of frontier idealism?


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Paragraph 2 – Why did people move west? Use at least 3 direct facts, quotes, statistics, & descriptive anecdotes to explain why the West was so attractive to many people. Cite your source!
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Paragraph 3 – Discuss the experience of the Donner Party by incorporating the video notes with the relevant documents. Again use at least 3 facts, quotes, statistics, and anecdotes to support your claim.
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Paragraph 4 – Wrap it up! Restate your thesis in a new way. Explain the 2 most important qualities you needed to survive the Oregon Trail.
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