Lesson 12: Postcard from Skagway
1. Gather as a whole group to now share what it was like to arrive into Skagway. Read the following excerpt from Gold! The Klondike Adventure.
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. You may want to write a sample journal entry (shared writing) as students give you ideas of what to include. Students will then be ready to create their own journal entry independently.
3. Gather again as a whole group to discuss the elements of a friendly letter/postcard. You may want to create a sample postcard on a chart and ask students to tell what each section represents (opening, body, closing, address, stamp, and picture). Or you could show some postcards you've received to highlight that same information. With this background information students should now be ready to create their own postcard to send home from Skagway. They will need a piece of cardboard and lined paper. Have students glue the lined paper on the left half of one side of the postcard. Students will need to create a short message describing their journey and arrival into Skagway on the lined paper (using proper postcard/friendly letter format). Next, have students address the postcard to the right of the lined paper. They can also draw in a stamp. On the backside of the postcard students need to draw a black and white 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)