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Old Spanish Trail Road Trip

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes
Thinking Skills:
Understanding: Understand the main idea of material heard, viewed, or read. Interpret or summarize the ideas in own words.


We’re off on a grand adventure: a road trip across the famous Old Spanish Trail! The Old Spanish Trail was an arduous 1,200 mile route between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California, which served traders who loaded their pack mules with woolen goods from Santa Fe each fall and returned from California each spring with goods, mules, and horses. The Old Spanish Trail linked two provinces of Mexico separated by difficult topography and climatic extremes.


This lesson plan has students alayze the impact of the Spanish in settling the West by correctly sorting relevant information on the topic.

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Last updated: November 7, 2017