The Erie Canal and You

The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
The Erie Canal and You
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The Erie Canal was an exciting and pivotal time in U.S. history. But most textbooks only devote a couple of pages to it, so your students are not getting a real feel for the men who built and worked along the canal. This unit — “The Erie Canal and You” — has 65 pages of information and illustrations including five challenges for your students to write journal entries as though they were workers on the Erie Canal. The unit includes a slide show with 44 slides and a 17-page script with 170 bulleted points.
The slide show covers
• Transportation difficulties and advantages
• Dewitt Clinton’s efforts to build the canal
• The route taken
• The kind of work men did to build the canal, including pay and hardships
• Construction details like “the ditch,” locks, aqueducts, basins, and bridges
• Dangers of the Montezuma Marsh
• Different kinds of boats that traveled on the canal and how mules were used
• How the coming of the railroads ended the canal era
The five interactive slides spaced throughout the presentation ask your students to take notes about:
• What they’ve heard about the new canal - its benefits and its problems.
• What kind of work they would do, and what living conditions were like on the canal.
• What it was like digging the canal and building locks, aqueducts, and bridges.
• How they suffered when digging through the Montezuma Marsh.
• The work they did on either a packet boat, a freighter or a repair boat or as a lock keeper.
With these notes students can write journal entries explaining what they’ve seen and done, giving them a personal stake in the lives of canal workers. Also included in the unit are a blank journal-writing template and a how-to-write-a-journal document, which will remind students of what the teacher will be looking for in the content of their journal entries. Students will benefit from having this how-to-write document before the teacher begins the slide show presentation so they will know what kind of work is expected of them. In addition I have provided instructions and a pattern for making a canal boat so students can add their own creative efforts to this unit. The journal template, the how-to-write document, and the art project can be reproduced as student handouts.
The slide show is available as both an Apple Keynote and a Microsoft PowerPoint, while the documents are available as PDFs.
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65 pages
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