Letter Activity

For this activity, read each letter and answer the corresponding questions. Then anwer the questions comparing the two letters.

Gershom Flagg Letter

 

Who wrote this letter?

Gershom Flagg

Who was he writing to?

His Brother

Where is he writing from?

Springfield, Ohio

In the second paragraph, he describes his journey. List the names of all the places he passed through. Don’t forget to add the state to each name:

Either plot these locations on a map and connect the dots or go to: http://maps.google.com/ . Cut and paste the list of locations below into the map box.

troy, ny to:Schenectady, ny to:Utica, ny to:canadaigua, ny to:Rochester, ny to:Lewiston, ny to:buffalo, ny to:erie, pa to:Meadville, pa to:mercer, pa to:new castle, pa to:Greensburg, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States to:cadiz, oh to:cambridge, oh to:zanesville, oh to:new lancaster, oh to:columbus, oh to:worthington, oh to:springfield, oh

How many miles did he travel?

898

When did he start his trip?

Because Sarah Town was able to take advantage of many new inventions in transportation. She lived during the Industrial Revolution.

When did he end his trip?

November 8, 1816

How many days did he travel?

47

How many miles did he manage per day?

about 19 miles/day

How fast is that if he traveled from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.?

1.5 miles/hr

When did he end his trip?

November 8, 1816

How long did Google Maps say it would take to make the trip today?

20 hours, 38 minutes

What does he say in paragraph 3 about what the settlers grew?

Wheat, Corn, Milk Cows

 

Sarah Town Letter

 

Who wrote this letter?

Sarah Town

Where was she when she was writing this letter?

Adams, Illinois

To whom did she write it?

Her family

Where did her family live?

Franklin, VT

Whose journey took longer?

Gershom’s

In the first paragraph Sarah tells why she went West. Why did she go?

She went to teach.

How many days did it take for her to make the trip?

About 20 days

In the third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs, Sarah describes her journey.

List the different kinds of transportation she used:

List the names of the towns or cities where she stopped. Find them on a map and draw her journey.

Using your textbook or the Internet, find out when the following transportation methods were invented:

The Erie Canal

the entire canal opened in 1825

The Boston-Albany Railroad

The Boston-Albany railroad opened in 1841

Steamboats

1784

Comparison Questions

Compare Sarah’s journey to Gershom’s.

Whose journey took longer?

Gershom’s

Why?

Because Sarah Town was able to take advantage of many new inventions in transportation. She lived during the Industrial Revolution.