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Literature: "Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie" by Kristiana Gregory

These sites are about the book “Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie” and corresponding classroom activities. Includes eThemes relating to the author and the book’s themes of pioneers, the Oregon Trail, and covered wagons.

Grades

  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5

Links

Read a short biography and interview with the author.
Visit this author's site and email her questions about the book. "Questions and Answers" tells about her life and writing.
See a map of the trail from Missouri to Oregon and read a brief description. Follow the hyperlinks to learn more.
This Scholastic site has discussion questions to be used with the book. Scroll down to read the interview with the author. Note: This site includes banner ads.
Scroll an interactive timeline to Western Expansion. Includes diaries about western exploration, Oregon Trail, and gold rush. There are also craft ideas and online activities. Note: This site includes ads.
These websites are about author Kristiana Gregory and her books. Includes biographical information, interviews, book excerpts, and photos. There is a link to eThemes resources on Literature: "Dear America: Across the Wide and Lonesome.
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 an eMINTS WebQuest on Lewis and Clark.
These sites tell about the various hardships the pioneers faced as they traveled to the West. Includes weather information, accidents, and diseases. Read personal narratives and stories.
Topics include 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.
These sites 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.
These sites include information about the Oregon Trail during the Westward Expansion. Timelines, maps, and photographs are included from that time period. Includes a link to the eThemes resource on covered wagons.

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