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“Licensed” to Drive: Old West Figures
|Grades||6 – 10|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 50-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Art materials for license making, such as construction paper, glue, markers, etc.
- Computer access for research (optional)
- Notebook, binder, or loose paper for notetaking
- Old West License Project Guide
- Old West License Rubric
- Peer Review Checklist
- Old West License Figure List
- Old West Resource List
- Old West Information Handout
- New Perspectives on the Old West - People
This PBS website offers a list of links to short biographies on notable western figures. This is great place to start because the articles are short and contain the most important information about the characters.
This is a subscription database that useful articles on figures during western expansion. The reading level is appropriate for middle schoolers and students are allowed to use the images in their projects.
This is a safe search engine that allows the user to do people and biography searches.
- Legends of America
This website is useful because it categorizes the figures into their importance making it easier for the students to find what type of person they are interested in. This site also has its own search sites.
- Gather copies of books or print sources that the class could use for their Old West Figures. Be sure to review the sources to ensure that they are appropriate for the students use. Please see the Old West Resource List.
- Check the provided Websites to ensure that all are appropriate for students' use.
- Make copies of all handouts students will need: Old West License Project Guide, Old West License Rubric, Old West Peer Review, Old West Figure List.
- Gather art materials for the project (construction paper, glue, markers, etc.).