ERIC Number: ED467869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Thurmond: A Town Born from Coal Mines and Railroads. Teaching with Historic Places.
Deep in the rugged coal fields of West Virginia, the rumble of a steam locomotive mingles with the sound of the New River crashing through its steep rocky gorge. With brakes squealing, the train passes a signal and slows for its approach into the town of Thurmond (West Virginia). This lesson plan is based on the National Register of Historic Places file "Thurmond Historic District," and other source materials about railroading in the New River Gorge. The lesson, which can be used in units on transportation history and community development, helps students understand how important these transportation services were to an otherwise inaccessible region. It cites National History Standards for grades 5-12, objectives for students, and materials needed. The lesson is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Questions"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad; Coal Mine Connection); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (A Railroad Town; Behind the Scenes; A Ballad); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Thurmond, c. 1920; Layout of Thurmond; Postcard Picture of Thurmond Depot; Ticket Office at a C&O Depot); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Role Play; Recognizing Others; Transportation Then and Now); and (8) "Supplementary Resources." (BT)
Descriptors: Coal, Curriculum Enrichment, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, Intermediate Grades, Municipalities, Primary Sources, Rail Transportation, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. Tel: 202-208-6843. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/28thurmond/28thurmond.htm/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.