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Daniel Boone Picture Book

Introduction

Daniel Boone is now an almost mythological character known for opening colonial America to the west, which at that time was the territory of Kentucky. In real life, Boone was a frontiersman, explorer, surveyor, and hunter, who blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap that enabled Euro-Americans to settle in lands belonging to Native American tribes. He and his family's lives were fraught with hardship and danger, but Boone continued to push westward until he finally settled in Missouri.

In this lesson, students read passages from a biography of Daniel Boone, summarize these passages, and create a picture book about his life. In the lesson extensions, they will have the opportunity to write a diary entry from the point of view of Boone. Students will also stop to imagine what things Boone may have seen, heard, touched, smelled, and tasted on his journeys westward.

Objectives

In this lesson, students:

  • Learn about the life of Daniel Boone, an American explorer and folk hero
  • Practice effectively summarizing passages
  • Determine the most important information in a passage and illustrate it
  • Analyze events in Daniel Boone's life by imagining his perspective

Materials

Strategy

  1. Begin the lesson with asking the students what they know about Daniel Boone. Record answers on the board. Explain that there are many myths about Boone's life. Today, they will be uncovering the facts about Boone's life and creating a picture book illustrating them.
  2. Share information from the introduction of the feature article Famous Missouri Explorers: Daniel Boone (1734-1820).
  3. Give each student a card with a paragraph from the feature article on it. Explain that they will need to create a picture that depicts the information given to them and then write a 2 to 3 sentence summary of the information. [Note: There are 16 paragraphs, so most classes will create 2 full books. Some advanced students can make 2 pages of the book for classes with less than 32 students.]
  4. Have students take 5 to 10 minutes to sketch out ideas for their page on scratch paper.
  5. Students should draw the final copy of their page on the page template.
  6. Once all pages are complete, bind the book together with a binding machine or by sewing it together with yarn.
  7. Share the completed books with the class. Students can take turns bringing the books home to show their families.

Lesson Extensions

  1. Have each student write a diary entry as though they are Daniel Boone from an event of his life. Optional: have students share their entries in chronological order.

  2. Students complete a five senses activity about what they think Boone might have seen, touched, smelled, tasted, and heard as he was exploring the land of Kentucky. Students should share their five senses activity in groups of 5 or 6.

This lesson was written by Allison Straker, Vancouver, WA, and Andy Rodgers, Parker, CO.

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