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Esperanza’s World – Transportation Center – Activities / Teacher Resources

Esperanza’s World – Transportation Center – Activities / Teacher Resources




Activities / Teacher Resources

Transportation Center Choices

Research the Concord Stagecoaches that cost $1300 each.  Compare the Concord with the Celerity mud model.  Send a postcard to a friend describing your journey on a Concord coach; include a description of the coach. Read the information about the Butterfield Stage and other travel and then write a paragraph summary of what you learned.  Post your summary in the classroom. Choose 2 different primary source accounts of traveling on the Butterfield Stage.
Compare their travel experiences in a graphic organizer. Would you have paid $200 to ride the stagecoach? Why or why not.
Research the Hashknife Pony Express; the group started in the 1950s in Arizona to honor the 1860s Pony Express and it continues today. Click to View Video about the Pony Express.  A good site to research this topic is Wikipedia. Mr. Butterfield told his drivers, “Remember boys, nothing on God’s earth must stop the mail!”  Write a list of the top tenpossible events that could possibly stop the mail. In the story, Esperanza Means Hope, at Señor Ochoa’s party, the men talk about the Southern Pacific Railroad and its importance to Arizona.  Research this railroad line and share your learning in an online blog.