This PDF file includes 3 different approaches to writing about the trails used in the 1800's for traveling west in what is now the United states. There is an outline which helps organize thoughts into three main categories: trails used, reasons for traveling west, and hardships suffered along the way. There is a form that gives an introduction paragraph, topic sentences for the body, and a summary paragraph for those students that need a little more help. On this paper, students will need to fill in the supporting details. A third paper for those more able students gives only the directions about what information to include. This assignment makes a good evaluation tool after studying the trails in social studies.