As a family you will determine whose job it is to do what.
You may assign each person a landmark and they provide the story for that place, or you may assign each person a specific event.
For example, One person could do a story on crossing a river and another so a story about gathering provisions etc.
You will view examples of various diaries at the website:
http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/00.n.dairies.html This is the correct address even though they spelled dairies instead of diaries.
You may use
- video clips
- pamphlets from the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
- information from the state's Chamber of Commerce
to gain information about life on the Oregon Trail.
The following websites are...
http://www.historyglobe.com/ot/otmap1.htm this will give you information about the most important landmarks.
Something to ponder.
What would it have been like for me?
Did I want to go or did I have to?
What was my family like?
What was the food like?
What was my social life like?
What was the entertainment or games I played?
What were my chores, work, or responsibilities?
What was my physical health like?
What was my emotional health like?
What was school like?
Did I hunt?
What date did I leave and when did I arrive?
What type of transportation did I have? wagon (What type), wheelbarrow, Morman cart etc.
What types of environment did I encounter?
A. Weather - rain, snow, heat, dust storms, thunderstorms, ice
B. Terrain - hills, rivers, mountains, ruts, desert,
C. Animals - snakes,mountain lions, bears, buffalo, rabbits, skunks
D. Indians - friendly and help, or hurt?
What problems did I have and how did I solve them?
What were my fears?
Did I get injured on the trip?
Did I get along with my family?
Did I help my family?
What were my thoughts when I first arrived at my new home?
If you have any questions, I will be glad to help you.
You may be creative and design your own diary.
Pictures are fine as long as they pertain to the story and you write a good amount.
Don't get stuck drawing and not have time to finish your diary.