Lesson 13: Which Route To Take?
1. Make the following announcement:
2. Assign half the class to read about White Pass and the other half to read about Chilkoot Pass. As students read have them record the advantages and disadvantages of their assigned route using the "Advantages/Disadvantages" note taking forms.
3. After 30 minutes have the class reassemble. Set up the student chairs into two long rows so that half the class faces the other half. Students presenting the White Pass trail will sit on one side while the students representing the Chilkoot Pass will sit on the other. In the debate one side, for example Chilkoot, gets to present an advantage to taking their route. The opposing side, White Pass, gets one minute for rebuttal. Then White Pass gets to present an advantage to their route followed by one minute of rebuttal from the Chilkoot side. As arguments are presented you record the advantages and disadvantages for everyone to see. Continue until both sides have finished presenting. Finish with 5 minutes of open discussion.
4. Send students back to their journals to write an entry about which route they think should be taken and why.
OBJECTIVE: To articulate the advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular routes over the mountains; To develop debating skills.
TIME: 60 minutes
Did You Know?
The Klondike Gold Rush has been described as "one of the weirdest and most useless movements in history. Over 70,000 people each wasted something like $1000 in a fruitless search for riches".