Literature: "Dear America Book: West to a Land of Plenty" by Jim Murphy
These sites are about the book “West to a Land of Plenty” that chronicles an Italian immigrant family’s journey west. Also has information about author Jim Murphy. There are links to several eThemes on topics relating to the book’s themes, including covered wagons, railroads, pioneers, and Westward Expansion.
Scholastic: Discussion Guide
This site includes a book review, an author interview, and suggested discussion topics on the book. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Learn more about this state, the last to be explored by European and American explorers. See a map and many photos of this western state.
Scholastic: Descriptive Writing
Read some basic tips about keeping a journal or a diary from an author. Click on "Write Your Description Link" on the left for more tips.
Learn more about the life of author Jim Murphy, his books and the awards he's won.
Author Studies Homepage
Read a transcript of an interview with Jim Murphy and learn how he got interested in writing. NOTE: This site contains ads.
eThemes Resource: Railroads
This eThemes Resource is about railroads, trains, and the transcontinental railroad. Sites contain historical photos, audio, video, Webcams, and interactive quizzes on this mode of transportation.
eThemes Resource: Schools 100 Years Ago: Turn of the 20th Century
What was it like to go to school in the late 1800s and early 1900s? How big were the schools and how many grades were there? Also covers clothing, games, songs, and lifestyles.
eThemes Resource: Italy
A selection of sites related to Italy. Topics cover Italy's culture and Christmas traditions, maps, flags, cuisine, cars, and more.
eThemes Resource: Literature: Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
This eThemes Resource has resources about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books. Learn about the places the Ingalls family lived. Includes activities and teaching guides to go along with various Little House books. Listen to fiddle playing and other music from that period.
eThemes Resource: Oregon Trail: Covered Wagons
This eThemes Resources explain the different types of covered wagons that were used by pioneers to traverse the Oregon Trail in the late 19th century. Topics include the materials, dimensions, usage, manufacturers, cost, and durability of this primitive mode of transportation.
eThemes Resource: Westward Expansion: Pioneers of the Frontier
This eThemes Resource sites focus on the American westward expansion during the 1800s. Includes information about the men, women, and children who came to the West. Learn about Kit Carson, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, the Mountain men, gold miners, and African Americans of the West. Includes a WebQuest on Lewis and Clark.
eThemes Resource: Westward Expansion: Trails West
The eThemes Resource includes the Santa Fe, Overland, California, and the Mormon Pioneer Trail. See pictures of the West in the 1800s and maps of the trails. Read about life along the trails. Includes an eThemes Resource on the Oregon Trail.
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