Lesson 1 (from Part 1, pp. 23- 43)
Part 1, pp. 23- 43
In 1834, Osborne Russell began his adventure as a trapper as part of an expedition in the Rockies. This lesson is about why his story is interesting, his intentions in writing a journal, and the effectiveness of the writing style he used in the book.
1) Class Discussion: Who was Osborne Russell? What is a trapper, and why did many find that kind of life exciting in the 1800s? Which aspects of being a trapper does the class think are the most fascinating? Why might Russell have thought his journey would have been interesting enough to keep a journal of the events he lived through?
2) Writing and Analysis: Have the class take 15 minutes and write down 3 things that Russell was trying to accomplish by writing Journal of a Trapper. Afterward, talk about the answers, why the class thinks those were his intentions, and what...
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