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Unit 15:  Old Routes New Trails

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Listed below are possible research or discussion topics, online lesson plans, resources and other materials.  As you look through this list please consider that this series can work for grades 4-12, with an emphasis on 7th grade. Also consider that the series will be used with different purposes for different grade levels. This is by no means a complete list of resources, and we cannot guarantee the life span and quality of the web site addresses.

Possible Research Topics

  • Route 66
  • National Highway System
  • John Carr
  • Neon Signs
  • North Atlantic Trade Organization
  • Urbanization
  • The American Dream of the "Open Road"
  • "The Mother Road"
  • Cultural Icon
  • State vs. county and interstate
  • Osage Indian Trail
  • Route 66 State Park
  • Times Beach, Missouri
  • Art Deco
  • Meramec Caverns
  • Lester Dill
  • "Painted barn" advertisements
  • Jesse James
  • German Autobahn

Bibliography

  • Route 66: The Mother Road
    Wallis, Michael
    St. Martins Press
    New York, N.Y.
    1990
  • Route 66 Remembered
    Witzel, Michael Karl
    Motorbooks International
    Osceola, Wi.
    1996
  • Tales From the Coral Court: Photos and Stories from a Lost Route 66 Landmark
    Graham, Shellee
    Virginia Publishing
    St. Louis, Mo.
    2000

 

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