Oregon Trail. Students will use a primary source journal and maps to build a picture of the hardships many individuals and groups faced on their trek out west and what are some push and pull factors that led to the decision to go.
Grade Level: 7-8
Lesson Length: 55 minutes
Purpose: Students will explore migration and be able to identify push and pull factors that applied to those embarking out west by using primary source documents from the Oregon Trail.
- Students will be able to list specific push and pull factors that led to people heading out west
- Students can use textual evidence to identify difficulties when using the Oregon Trail with the aid of primary and secondary sources.
- Students will be able to infer historical context from maps and journal entries related to the Oregon Trail.
- The students will be able to interpret and analyze both a primary and secondary documents related to the Oregon Trail.
Moran, Freddy Enrique, "Oregon Trail, Heading Out West" (2021). Lesson Plans. Paper 3.
The Journal of Harmony A. Smith: 1850 Oregon Trail Journal and Jefferson Medical College Lecture Notes ca.1838 Jefferson Medical College Lecture Notes ca.1838
SmithJefferson.pdf (127 kB)
Transcription of Harmony A. Smith's Oregon Trail Journal, 1850