Lesson Plan

On the Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail by Albert Bierstadt.
Photo caption

Oregon Trail by Albert Bierstadt.

In this lesson, students work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail.

Guiding Questions

What was it like to travel West on the Oregon Trail?

Learning Objectives

To learn about the pioneer experience on the Oregon Trail. 

To evaluate a historical re-enactment in light of documentary evidence. 

To synthesize historical data through creative writing.