The goal of this assignment is to reflect upon the experience of the 500,000 emigrants who traveled the Oregon Trail between 1836 and 1870. This is a challenging assignment. Students are being asked to take information that they have learned from multiple sources and use it in a creative way that shows their understanding of the westward expansion of the United States and the lives of the pioneers who travelled the Oregon Trail.
This assignment is used as a summative assessment to our Oregon Trail Unit and is completed by students after they have read: "Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Journal of Hattie Campbell". They also have access to and have researched in multiple other print resources on the topic throughout the unit as well as engaged in hands on learning extensions and activities to go along with our study of the Oregon Trail.