Desert Views - First Impressions: Travelers on the Gila Trail

GeoHistory
GeoLiteracy
Legacy
ELL
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
In this lesson, students are introduced to primary source material by reading descriptions written by overland travelers on the Gila Trail. They will then use the text to draw what the travelers described and gain a better appreciation of what it would have been like to see the Arizona desert in the 1800s. This lesson also has adaptations for diverse learners (ELLs).
Author: 
Carol Carney Warren
Grade Range: 
3-5
Duration: 
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
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Standards
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
6: How culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past