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Erie Canal

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1817 - Erie Canal


  1. Research the Erie Canal taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character along the canal or working on the canal, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries.
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how and why the canal came about
    • contains information of what happened during the building and use of the canal
    • uses supporting details to explain how the success of creating the canal affected the growth history of the United States!
  4. Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the Erie Canal.

Online resources:
  1. 1817 - Images of the Erie Canal
  2. How a lock works on the Erie Canal
  1. Harness, Cheryl. The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal
  2. Spier, Peter. The Story of the Erie Canal.
  3. Stein, R. Conrad. The Story of the Erie Canal

As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to explore the Erie Canal.

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