Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
The success or failure of a party depended most heavily on their choice of equipment and supplies for the journey. Every emigrant insisted on taking along some luxuries and items of sentimental value. Chamber pots, lanterns, mirrors, Bibles, school books, clocks, and furniture were crammed into odd spaces in almost every wagon. Emigrants were advised not to overload their wagons, but many underestimated the magnitude of the trek they were setting out on and were later forced to discard nonessential cargo. Hard stretches of the Trail became littered with such castoffs as emigrants lightened the load for their weary animals.
Certain accessories and tools for making emergency repairs to a wagon were necessary to bring along. These included rope, brake chains, a wagon jack, extra axles and tongues, wheel parts, axes, saws, hammers, knives, and a sturdy shovel. Cooking utensils were also required -- few overlanders were without a Dutch oven and a good iron skillet -- and the trip was simply not possible without a water barrel to get the party and their animals through dry stretches of the Trail. Weapons and kits for casting bullets were essential, as well, though they were far more commonly used for hunting than for fighting Indians.
However, most of the space in the emigrants' wagons was reserved for food.
Excerpt from the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
After reading the selection, what three things would you take as a 11-12 year old boy or girl in the 1850's? Make sure they are appropriate for the time period, no video games, tv's, cell phones, etc.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
THE TRUE STORY OF PAUL REVERE
By Charles Gettemy
"Most men like Revere--- somewhat above the average of the mass, but not possessing the usual elements of enduring fame-- pass out of life eulogized by their fellow-citizens; remembered by a circle of admiring and respecting friends until they also pass away; and are ultimately forgotten, finding no place upon the pages of written history.Â
"Paul Revere was rescued from this fate by an accident-- the witchery of a poet's Imagination.Â His famous ride on the night of the 18th of April, 1775, remained unsung, if not unhonored, for eighty-eight years, or until Longfellow in 1863 made it the text for his Landlord's Tale in the Wayside Inn.
"It is to Longfellow's simple and tuneful ballad that most persons undoubtedly owe their knowledge of the fact that a man of the name of Revere really did something on the eve of the historic skirmish at Lexington which is worth remembering."
Does our society honor Paul Revere as the great hero, or does our society honor the real Paul Revere who simply did his job? Explain your opinion.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sounds like me, don't you think? The ability to make choices comes from education. Those without an education have few choices. Those with an education have many more. Will you be one of the 25% or one of the 75%?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
M.C. Escher was a famous artist. In art you will create tessellations using his technique. Click on his website here. Click on the picture gallery link on the left side and then click on the symmetry link on the page to see some of his tessellations. Then click here to see how he did it.