Oregon Trail, Gold Rush 49ers, Mormon Trail Primary Source Stations Analysis


Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
U.S. History, Critical Thinking
Resource Type
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
Formats Included
Zip (34 (including answer key) + 13 slides)

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With this lesson, the classroom version includes three stations to help students analyze primary sources and learn about the Oregon Trail pioneers, the Mormon Trail pioneers, and the gold rush 49ers. Each station provides photographs, written sources, drawings and QR code links to videos. I’ve even included a link an animated video I created about the Oregon Trail! The graphic organizer prompts students to explain why each group went westward, what they experienced while traveling, and the impact of their journey.

The digital version includes 13 digital Google slides for students to work through to analyze the three main group.

This lesson includes a 2 page lesson plan, 29 primary sources, and a graphic organizer (with a key) and an exit ticket. It is also linked with NYS Social Studies standards, however, I’m sure you could add your own.

This zip file includes:

  •  A classroom printable version of the graphic organizer and the (PDF and Google Slides link)
  • A Google Slides version for distance learning

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