This historical fiction series by Penn Mullin has a 2nd grade readability level and is recommended for students aged 9 to 16. I used this series with 5th grade students for social studies to reinforce understanding of how and why pioneers traveled west and the hardships they suffered. 5 books in the series include Off to Oregon, Along the Santa Fe Trail, Gold Rush Fever, The River and theTrace, and Through the Wilderness. This digital file is a chart to be completed by students as they read through or listen to the series of books. Students will compare different routes followed west in regards to reason for traveling, location of route, and hardships and difficulties suffered.