TRAVELING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER

July 12 to August 21, 1818

 Overarching Essential Questions: 

  • What do you know about St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and her quest to fulfill her life dream, compelling her to travel from France to the Missouri frontier?
  • How long are you willing to wait for your dream to come true?
  • Is it worth facing obstacles to pursue your dream?
  • How can obstacles become opportunities/building blocks in your life?

 Topical Objectives:

  • Students will gain insight into Philippine's journey on the Franklin traveling up the Mississippi River; how she copes with the dangers of steamboat travel as well as visualizing her anticipation and wonder as she views the completely new home landscape for the first time.  
  • Research the dangers of steamboat travel and the history of steamboat usage on the Mississippi River, creating a narrative of the importance of steamboat travel on America's history. 

 Click here for common resources. 

The resources below are designed to help students immerse themselves in Philippine's preparations for her journey to America.  Pick and choose from the activities listed in suggested order. 

TEACHER INSTRUCTIONS  

STUDENT DOCUMENTS & ACTIVITIES

Instructions-for-Poetic-Expression-through-Prayer.pdf  

Lesson-5-Prayer-by-Saint-Rose-Philippine-Duchesne.pdf

   

Traveling the Mississippi River.pptx

Traveling the Mississippi River.pdf

 Lesson Five Primary Sources.pdf

 Instructions for Steamboats.pdf  

 A History of Steamboats

Steamboats of the 1800s

Steamboat Times – Steamboats 1811-1861

     

The Mississippi River System

US Army Corps of Engineers, Lower Mississippi Valley Division – Mississippi River Navigation History

   

Lettre 98 7-9-1818 Handwritten Letter from Philippine to Barat part 1.pdf

Lettre 98 7-9-1818 Handwritten Letter from Philippine to Barat part 2.pdf

Lettre 98 7-9-1818 in French.pdf

Lettre 98 7-9-1818 English Translation by RSCJ.pdf

 

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