Authoring, Researching, Reporting and Other Work
This Activity will start with George Washington and General Braddock the French and Indian War and can end with what's on U.S. 40 today. U.S. 40 used to be called the Old National Trail. It was the 1st Interstate Highway for America and was initiated by President Thomas Jefferson.
Sounds Interesting, huh! and the Old Trail is our neighbor in Central Illinois! Have fun doing some or all of the activities I am providing.
1. Work the Old Trail Puzzle
2. Answer the questions in the boxes below from National Trail resource sites.
3. Create a paper document (book) with illustrations and text
Include images and text (information) about each of these topics: cover, table of contents, illustrations, page numbers and all the neat stuff you see in a good book.
4. Use the Notepad Sheets to record your research information. Be sure to give credit to the web site including Title and URL.
1. The Origin of the National Trail--
Pioneers Travel West
Plan a journey on the National Trail--
Travel the Trail
1. Get the group organized and start the journey.
Memorials and Historical Sites on the Old National Trail
1. Write a persuasive paper on why it was a good thing that you and the group made the trip West. Why is it better to be "Out West" than back home in the East.
2. Make a memorial out of paper mache or even a poster, sign or painting to help further memorialize the people who made the long journey West, so that we can have the big country we have now.
3. Write an expository paper on what the Madonna statues
along the present U.S. 40 "Old Trail" stand for. You will be
surprised, after reading the reference links on the Madonna's.
Renamed U.S. 40
1. Find out when the first U.S. Highway was built.
U.S. Highway Demise
Businesses flourished along U.S. highways, people traveled them for recreation and business, and the "Golden Age" went on for several years.
1. Why did the major highways, called U.S. highways,
lose popularity, and all the businesses along them closed for no
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