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Steamboats along the Mississippi

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  1. Research steamboats along the Mississippi taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character on a steamboat journey, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries. (Student characters interpretation)
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how the emphasis on steamboats came about
    • contains information of what happened during your steamboat journey
    • uses supporting details to explain how the steamboat contributions 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 Mississippi steamboats.

Online resources:
  1. Paddlewheel Riverboats
  2. Steamboats on the Mississippi
Related books:
  1. Stein, R. Conrad. The Story of the Mississippi Steamboats.
  2. St. George, Judith. The Amazing Voyage of the New Orleans . NY: G.P.Putnam, 1980.
  3. Quackenbush, Robert. Watt Got You Started, Mr. Fulton? A Story of James Watt & Robert Fulton

As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to explore steamboats.

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