This two-three week unit uses the "Great American Road Trip" to study geography, United States history, and economics. Students begin by viewing Horatio's Drive, a Ken Burns Documentary about the first documented automobile road trip across the United States. Reflections are included. The next step involves internet research about the original road trip, other literary road trips in the United States, and the broad idea of a travelogue. Finally students create their own road trips across the Colorado Plateau. They will do a cost analysis (you choose a financial cap for students), a map, and a detailed journal (one journal entry for each of the ten stops). All resources included (internet questions, map, cost analysis, specific student directions, reflections, etc.). This packet is ready for students!
* Internet access needed
* Access to the documentary, Horatio's Drive, is needed
* This student road trip portion is specific to the Colorado Plateau. However, you can easily adjust it to any region in the United States, or even the United States as a whole. You would need to change a small amount of wording and incorporate a different map.