In Jacob Abbott's book, Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal, Marco's cousin Forester explains to Marco that there are two “modes of acquiring knowledge” -- through books and through observation. Students obtain more complete and meaningful understanding of a topic when provided with experiences that use both primary and secondary sources. Join Marco on his educational voyage in the 1840s, experiencing the Erie Canal and "lessons in life" firsthand.
- understand the impact of the Erie Canal on the economic and social growth of New York and the nation;
- use a variety of different resources (people, photographs, maps, text, etc.) in different media (print, music, electronic, video, etc.) to gather and interpret information using established criteria;
- develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions during the early years of the Erie Canal through literature; and
- apply what they have learned by creating a primary source alphabet book on the Erie Canal.
- Four weeks
Recommended Grade Level
- Maps & Geography
- City & Regional History
- National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860
Janet Williammee & Rhonda King