Reading 'around' American West Unit
Posted 28 April 2012 - 08:58 AM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:18 PM
These books may now, sadly, be difficult to track down but Caroline Lawrence, the best-selling author of the 'Roman Mysteries' series of novels, as dramatized for CBBC, is apparently beginning a series of 'Western Mysteries', set in Virginia City, Nevada (where the TV series 'Bonanza' was set, incidentally) in the 1860s.
Edited by Mark H., 04 May 2012 - 04:58 AM.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:50 PM
It's a noghtmare, isn't it!
The problem is that you cannot just send them to the library or the internet.
I spent a fortune buying various 'further-reading' materials - and cheap westerns such as Chisum, Dances with wolves, Wyatt Earp etc. - but you end up being a librarian as much as a teacher.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 05:17 PM
Edited by Mark H., 29 April 2012 - 06:15 AM.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:04 PM
Teaching this at A Level at the moment and loving it!!
Another American West nut
Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:20 AM
Cloverand In the High Valley by Susan Coolidge are both excellent background reading and free if you've got the Kindle app. They're ancient now and unlikely to be in a library, though - and probably not appealing to boys...you don't need to have read the first three of the series to understand them, they're pretty light. They maybe paint homesteading in a slightly more positive light than you teach it...
I can also recommend the short stories of Annie Proulx, particularly Fine Just The Way It Is, which contains one (very bleak) story about young homesteaders starting out. The other stories are not helpful from a historical point of view but Proulx lives in Wyoming and I found the whole lot very helpful for giving me a better understanding of context. Bad Dirt has a good story referencing the Battle of the Little Big Horn: "The Indian Wars Refought". They are not teen fiction, though - they'd have to be good readers to get something out of it.
There are some good primary sources: the memoirs of Elizabeth Custer are available in Kindle edition, as are the writings of Francis Parkman, but I haven't got round to reading them yet so can't make a personal recommendation.
Will come back and add more if I think of them.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 02:58 PM
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