4) Travel Writing
Using the maps of Liberia students can create a travel itinerary in the nation. Have students browse the Subject Index to find a map that will inform their itinerary and can be used to illustrate a story about the trip. In writing the story, students can refer to place names, rivers, people encountered, and weather endured. They can note the elevations and the terrain they traveled. Students may also illustrate their stories with their own drawings based on the map and their imaginations.
To inform their writing, students can read travel stories in "California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900.