When teaching students about western expansion, we talk about the rugged mountain men who helped guide settlers. Mountain men were important because they knew the land because they lived on it, making their living trapping furs.
When the fur trade slowed they adapted by becoming knowledgeable guides for both the Military and the settlers in the newly opened western lands.
This pdf digital download comes with some ideas to help students fill in their organizers or teachers can create their own lists of ideas.
This graphic organizer can be used as a classroom activity where students work together to find and fill out information - or an individual assignment for a study guide.
It has been used with much success in both regular education and special education classes.