Use local history as a lens through which to view and examine United States history, particularly westward expansion and the role improvements in transportation and travel played. HistoryLink's Seattle-to-Walla Walla Map, four theme-related HistoryLink Elementary essays, support materials, links to additional resources, and this complete curriculum will guide students in exploring the early history of Washington through transportation and settlement.
Based on the Washington state social studies education standards (EALRs) and Classroom-Based Assessments for elementary and middle grades, this curriculum requires textual and map analysis to explore how the landscape and natural resources influenced non-Native settlement. Along with the physical map, available at cultural institutions along the route, HistoryLink created a WagonRoads iPhone app that includes a section of Kid Questions designed to spark conversation between children and families as they explore this important route.
This curriculum was created as a part of a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation to record and interpret the historic transportation corridor between Walla Walla and Seattle.