ERIC Number: ED475777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-10
Reference Count: N/A
Marco Paul's Travels on the Erie Canal: An Educational Voyage. Learning Page Lesson Plan.
Williammee, Janet; King, Rhonda
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. This book is one in a series of volumes entitled "Marco Paul's Adventures in the Pursuit of Knowledge." The books are designed not merely to entertain the reader with a narrative of juvenile adventures, but also to communicate as extensive and varied information as possible, in respect to the geography, the scenery, the customs, and the institutions of this country, as they present themselves to the observation of the little traveler, who makes his excursions under the guidance of an intelligent and informed companion. This 4-week lesson plan presents an overview; cites educational objectives; gives time required and recommended grade level; and notes curriculum fit and resources used. The lesson plan gives historical background on the canal; suggests primary source materials on relevant topics; offers sample photo analysis and document analysis guides; and presents information on primary sources. It also enumerates response journal questions for discussing the book and provides a detailed classroom procedure for a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the book. (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Objectives, Graphic Organizers, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Lesson Plans, Middle Schools, Primary Sources, Reader Response, Student Journals, Student Projects
The Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540. Tel: 202-707-5000. For full text: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/index.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.