5th Grade Communication Arts: Going West
C Layer: Follow the directions for each objective
Day 1: Objective: Compare and contrast the pros and cons of going west in 1700s (organization of information, perspectives). Choose 1 of the following:
_____ Create a chart listing pros and cons of going west.
_____ Write a letter to a friend explaining why your family decided to go west and your friend’s family did not.
_____ Draw a map of a trail heading west. Illustrate challenges that could be faced along the way. Be ready to explain to the teacher.
____ Write 5 entries into a journal detailing how your family decided to go or not to go west.
Days 2 and 3: Objective: Use nonfiction work to find a research topic for project & locate primary resources (journals, diaries, etc).
_____ Go online and find a website discussing the history of the west and take notes and narrow down an idea.
_____ Go to a website that has letters, diaries, or journals of people who went west. Find a challenge, a topic of interest, or a career that you wish to study further.
_____ Interview an adult about what they know about westward expansion and share what you would research further.
_____ Find a real person who lived in the west and research their experiences.
Days 4-5: Objective: Practice note-taking strategies, organize information, and locate resources
____ Utilize your resources to take notes. Make a running list of the things you’ve learned about your topic or person.
B Layer: Choose 1 of the following:
____ Create a Power Point Presentation to share with the class the information about your topic.
____ Build a model of a structure or landscape that relates to your topic. Share with the class the meaning of your model and what you learned about your topic.
____ Design a children’s book w/ pictures and text that would teach someone younger than you about your topic. Share it with the class.
_____ Dress the part of someone heading west. Bring in at 3 other items to help you explain the challenges you would have faced. Base this on the lives of one of the people you researched.
A Layer: Choose 1 of the following
____ Would you have had the courage to explore uncharted territory such as the old west? Would you have allowed a family member to go? Why or why not?
____ Space exploration is the modern day frontier. Is it beneficial to continue to send people into space at the cost of money and risk of life?