To examine ways of living on the last frontier during the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s.
1 class period
Begin this lesson by giving each student a copy of pages 95A - 95C only. Page 95D will be distributed later in the period.
Read the introductory paragraphs about the "Wild West," as well as A Tall Tale, with the class. Then, give students a few minutes to write down two reasons in the spaces provided on page 95B why they would not have believed certain parts of the tale. Discuss their answers.
Next, read with the class the section Life in the West, then go over the rules for THE GUNSLINGERS GAME. Use the questions on page 95D during the game.
THE GUNSLINGERS GAME will be played by class members who want to face off against each other in a series of “gunfights.” One “gunslinger” will be matched against another to see who is first to answer a question about our Western states. The first person to answer correctly wins the duel. The other person is “dead,” and is eliminated from the game. The winners in the first round will then be matched against each other in a second round of gunfights. There will be more rounds until only one gunslinger remains “alive.” The winner will be “the fastest gun in the West.”
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When the game ends, give each student a copy of page 95D to do as a review sheet.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.