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Routes West 1800-1849

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes
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This lesson plan includes mapmaking, class discussions, image and writing analysis. Students have the opportunity to learn about the Mormon Pioneer and Oregon Trail through the NebraskaStudies.org site. Here, they will be able to access primary and secondary source documents, as well as a timeline of events on the trail.


From 1846 to 1869 more than 70,000 Mormons traveled along the Mormon Pioneer Trail. Generally following pre-existing routes, the trail carried tens of thousands of Mormon emigrants to a new home and refuge in the Great Basin. From their labors arose the State of Deseret, later to become Utah Territory, and finally the state of Utah.

See the lesson plan: http://www.nebraskastudies.org/0400/resources/04west.pdf


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Last updated: September 18, 2017