You will begin by working with a partner to search for the answer to "What were the Orphan Trains?" You will complete a questionnaire that will guide you in understanding this time in America's history. Each of you will need to print a copy of the questionnaire, and work together to complete them. Use the following websites and books to help you.
We Are a Part of History: The Story of the Orphan Trains by: Michael Patrick, Evelyn Sheets, Evelyn Trickel
The Orphan Trains by: Annette Fry
The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America by: Marilyn Irvin Holt
Train to Somewhere by: Eve Bunting
Orphan Train Rider by: Andrea Warren
When you complete the questionnaire, keep it in your journal to refer back to as you complete the remaining tasks.
After completing that task, we will begin reading A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon. I will read a chapter to you each day. After I have finished reading chapter one, you will decide which character you want to be. When you make your choice, you won't know what will happen to them throughout the book. You will begin writing in you journal telling such things as: what your are seeing, and people you meet on your journey, how you're are feeling, your fears about leaving what you have known your entire life. You will have thirteen journal entries when your journey is complete.
After finishing the book, you will again work with your partner to create a diorama of one scene from the book. Click here to learn more about how to make a diorama.