Enduring Understanding: Maps can help us understand how a society has changed over time.
Essential Question: How does the Trace differ today form how it was 200 years ago?
The students will be able to:
1) Use a variety of maps to compare and contrast the development of a trade route.
2) Use maps to compare and contrast the changes in populated areas.
3.) Answer to Challenge Activity
5.) Green, red, and purple colored pencils
Explains how to perform the activity. Download
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Provides the answers for the activity. Download
Provide one set of maps to each group of students. Each set should contain: Natchez Trace Parkway – south section Clinton, MS aerial map 2009 Clinton, MS topography map 1980 Reconstruction Period, ca 1873 Steamboat Days, ca 1852 Growth of Counties, ca. 1842 Early Statehood, ca. 1822 Mississippi Territory 1816 Download
Student Task: Divide the students into groups and hand them the instruction sheet, copies of the maps and the worksheet. Be sure that they understand that the brown lines on the topography map indicate levels of elevation, the roads are in red and black (often dashes), and the red shaded areas are the city boundaries and that the small black squares indicate buildings.
1. Locate the Natchez Trace on each of your maps. Use a green colored pencil to "trace" the Natchez Trace.
2. Locate Jackson, Mississippi on the 1873 map and using a red colored pencil draw a small circle around the city of Jackson. Do the same for the 1852 map, the 1842 map, and the 1822 map. Jackson is not on the 1816 map. Using the 1822 map for comparison, look for the Pearl River and the Big Black River. Look for the 32nd parallel. Using your best judgment, draw a circle where you think Jackson should be.
3. Now look at the modern map of the Natchez Trace Parkway and locate Clinton, MS on the south west side of Jackson. Please be sure you note the compass rose so you know which direction is north.
4. Now look at the Clinton, MS topography map from 1980. Draw a rectangle on the Natchez Trace map that represents the area covered by the Clinton topography map.
5. Using the 2009 aerial photography map, compare the area growth in the Clinton area along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Using a purple colored pencil, indicate areas of new city growth in the Clinton area.
6. Answer the questions on the worksheet
Teacher Closure: Review the correct answers. Ask the students what they could imagine mapping and maps could be like 100 years from now.
1.) Visit the Natchez Trace Parkway to see a portion of what they were mapping.
2.) Have the students write to their local, state or national archives or historic society and find out if they can find additional maps that represent other periods of history.