Activity 10: Postcard from Skagway
2. At this point ask the students to describe what it was like to arrive into Skagway. Share ideas and chart them. Next, ask students to write a journal entry describing their arrival into Skagway. Students should include details form the passage above.
3. As a group discuss the elements of a friendly letter/postcard. You may want to create a sample postcard and ask students to tell what each section represents (opening, body, closing, address, stamp, and picture). With this background information students should now be ready to create their own postcard to send home from Skagway. On one side have the students create a short message describing their journey and arrival into Skagway. Next, have students address the postcard. On the other side of the postcard students need to draw a picture of Skagway (canal/beach, white tents, muddy road, stacks of supplies, etc.). At this point it is helpful to show your students a variety of photos of Skagway to help them picture what the town looked like. Lastly, the postcard should include a heading (like many postcards show) to tell what the postcard shows.
OBJECTIVE: Students will practice their friendly letter writing skills.
TIME: 60 to 90 minutes (in 3 parts)
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