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This worksheet allows students to use a primary source document to learn about the problems faced by the Donner Party when they became trapped near the summit of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I use the worksheet to help students better understand the problems faced by settlers in the West during the 1800s.
This activity is very easy to use. All you have to do is print off the primary source from the following website for classroom use or direct students to the website to answer the worksheet questions:
The primary source document is labeled (The Tragic Fate of the Donner Party, 1847)
Students read the document and answer the questions on the worksheet. The worksheet includes 12 questions and has an answer sheet for the teacher. The Donner Party Worksheet can be used to generate classroom discussion or be used as homework. Feel free to modify this assignment as needed for your classes.
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