Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal: An Educational Voyage

Following the book, Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal, readers complete an activity for each chapter, take part in discussions, and respond to several questions. To show what they know, scholars create an alphabet book using primary sources all about the Erie Canal in the 1840s. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Hand out composition journals for learners to keep journal activities in one place 
  • Schedule time in the library or in the computer lab to give class members an opportunity to become familiar with the lesson's prerequisite information 
  • Group participants homogenously—peers can work together to assist and learn from one another throughout the learning experience 
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have knowledge of several subjects—a list is included—prior to conducting the lesson 
  • Copies are required
  • Clickable links take you quickly to lesson parts
  • Includes one extension activity 
  • Discussion topics and journal questions boost speaking and listening skills 
  • None