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The Pony Express

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1860 - The Pony Express


  1. Research the Pony Express taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character in the Pony Express, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Student character interpretation [ *] )
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how and why the Pony Express came to be
    • contains information of what happened along the trail on the Pony Express
    • uses supporting details to explain how the Pony Express 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 Pony Express.

Online resources:
  1. Student online character interpretation
  2. A Pony Express tutorial with online, interactive questions
  3. Founding of the Pony Express
  4. Pony Express riders
  5. Pony Express history
  6. Pony Express rider requirements
  7. Pony Express riders deliver the mail
  8. The Pony Express through the eyes of artists
  1. Glass, Andrew. The Sweetwater Run. (description)
  2. Dicerto, Joseph. The Pony Express: Hoofbeats in the Wilderness. NY: Franklin Watts, 1989. (description)(J383Di Turner)
  3. Kroll, Steven. Pony Express (description). NY: Scholastic, 1996. (J383.49 Turner)
  4. Anderson, Peter. Pony Express (Cornerstone of Freedom). (description)
  5. Harness, Cheryl. They're Off!: The Story of the Pony Express (Copley) (description)
  6. Bulla, Clyde Robert. Riding the Pony Express.(description)

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