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Teacher's Guide - In Search of American Roots


 Itinerary Overview

8/15 - Launch of US Trek Website for Students

9/13 - First Team Update - The Diverse Histories of the US Trek Team

9/16 - The Geography of the United States

9/20 - Human Origins in the Americas

9/23 - Native Americans - Major Cultural Groups (pre-Contact)

9/27 - Native Americans - Major Developments and Diverse Cultural Characteristics (pre-Contact)

9/30 & 10/4 - The Early Explorers and the Colonists

10/7 - Lifestyles of the Not So Rich or Famous - Indentured Servants, the Lower Class, and Women

10/11 - Slavery in the Colonies and Early African American Culture

10/14 - Native American Responses Up To the American Revolution



8/15 - Launch of US Trek Website for Students

The section of the website that the students will use where the US Trekkers will go live on August 15 with biographies and brief video clips of the US Trekkers, selected from over 500 applicants.


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9/13 - First Team Update - The Diverse Histories of the US Trek Team

The US Trekkers will place their first updates on the website, with introductions to their own families diverse histories.

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9/16 - The Geography of the United States

A. Pangaea - The Original Supercontinent
  • Team Report - no site visits
B. Volcanoes and Earthquakes - The Pacific Rim
  • Earthquake Trail Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California
  • Mt. St. Helens, Oregon
  • PLUS! Special student report from Hawaii
C. Mighty Rocks in the Sky - The Western Cordillera
  • Mt. Whitney and Death Valley, California
  • Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone, Wyoming
  • The Continental Divide at Glacier National Park Glacier, Montana
D. The Desert Southwest
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Kartchner Caverns, Arizona
  • Saguaro National Park, Arizona
E. Plains of Lightning - The Interior Lowlands
  • Boundary Waters, Minnesota
  • Tornado Study Centers
F. The Appalachian Mountain System
  • Springer Mountain Dawsonville, Georgia
  • Mt. Katahdin Baxter State Park, Maine
  • The Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina
  • 'The Bridge of God' Natural Bridge Cedar Creek, Virginia
G. The Atlantic Plain
  • Crystal River, Florida
  • Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia


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9/20 - Human Origins in the Americas

A. Dinosaurs in North America
  • Dinosaur Excavations Sites - Colorado and Montana
  • La Brea Tarpits, California
B. The Origins of People - Migration from Africa
  • Team Report - no site visits
C. The Bering Strait
  • Student report from Alaska
D. Early Human Settlement in North America
  • The Mammoth Pit Hot Springs, South Dakota
  • Blackwater Draw Portales, New Mexico

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9/23 - Native Americans - Major Cultural Groups (pre-Contact)

A. Southwest
    Anasazi
  • Chetro Ketl Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

    Hopi
  • Hopi Villages First Mesa, Arizona
B. Pacific Coast / Northwest
  • Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum Seattle, Washington
C. Eastern/Midwestern Woodlands
    The Mississippeans / Temple Mound Culture
  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Collinsville, Illinois

    Natchez
  • Grand Village of the Natchez Indians Natchez, Mississippi

D. Plains
  • Osage County Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Plains Indian Museum Cody, Wyoming
E. Southeast
  • Seminole Indian Museum Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Cherokee, North Carolina
F. Native American Women
  • TBA
E. World Trek Flashback - The Aztecs and Incas


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9/27 - Native Americans - Major Developments and Diverse Cultural Characteristics (pre-Contact)

A. Religious and Medical Practices - Cleansing Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Shrine of the Stone Lions-Bandelier National Monument Los Alamos, NM
  • All Pueblo Cultural Center Albuquerque, New Mexico

B. Architecture, Tools and Technology
  • Taos Pueblo Taos, New Mexico
  • Puye Cliff Dwellings Santa Clara, New Mexico
C. Visual Arts
  • Native American Art Museum Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Santa Fe American Indian Art Institute Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Folk Art Museum/Institute of Anthropology Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Navajo Nation Museum Window Rock, Arizona
D. Language and the Oral Tradition
  • Tribal Cultural Center at the Macah Reservation Neah Bay, Washington
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument Chinle, Arizona
  • Petroglyph State Park West Mesa, New Mexico
E. Music and dance
  • Zuni Pueblo Harvest Dance-Pueblo Cultural Center Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Gathering of Nations Albuquerque, New Mexico
F. Contrasting Diverse Native American Cultures
  • Team Report - no site visits

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9/30 & 10/4 - The Early Explorers and the Colonists

A. World Explorers
  • Team Report on World Explorers
  • Drake's Bay - Pt Reyes National Seashore, California
B. The Norse
  • PLUS! Student report from L'anse aux Meadows, New Foundland
C. Spanish
  • St. Augustine, Florida
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
D. The English - Trying to Make Money
  • Jamestown, Virginia
  • Roanoke, Virginia
  • Plymouth Plantation Plymouth, Massachusetts
E. The English - The Quakers: "A Holy Experiment"
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
F. The English -A Social Experiment
  • Savannah, Georgia
G. Dutch
  • Half Moon Ship Tour Albany, New York
  • Ft. Casimer New Castle, Delaware
  • Old Swedes Church Wilmington, Delaware
H. The French
  • Mission Saint Marie de Gannentaha Syracuse, NY
  • Vieux Carre New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Huguenots Street New Paltz, New York

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10/7 - Lifestyles of the Not So Rich or Famous - Indentured Servants, the Lower Class, and Women

A. Economic Inequalities in the Rural Areas

  • Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • St. Mary's City, Maryland
  • Bacon's Castle - Jamestown, Virginia
B. Economic Inequalities in the Cities
  • Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Newport, Rhode Island
  • Elfreths's Alley - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
C. Colonial Women
  • Salem Witch Trials - Salem, Massachusetts
  • Hampton Plantation - Georgetown County, South Carolina
  • Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, Massachusetts


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10/11 - Slavery in the Colonies and Early African American Culture

A. World Trek Flashback - Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Senegal

B. Slave Capture and Transportation
  • African Burial Ground - New York, New York
  • Black Holocaust Museum - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Henrieta Marie at New Ground Reef - Florida Keys, Florida
  • PLUS! Student report from Ivory Coast / Ghana
C. Slavery in the Colonies - Conditions and Controls
  • African Burial Ground New York, New York
  • Mulberry Grove - Monticello, Virginia
D. Slave Women
  • Edonton, North Carolina
E. Early Slave Resistance
  • Natchez Rebellion - Natchez, Mississippi
  • Stono Rebellion - Charleston, South Carolina
F. "Free" Black Life in the US
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Pueblo de Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose - St. Augustine, Florida
G. Early African American Culture
  • Penn Community Center - St. Helena Island, South Carolina
  • Old South Meeting House - Boston, Massachusetts


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10/14 - Native American Responses Up To the American Revolution

A. Initial Responses to Colonization
  • Santa Barbara Mission - Santa Barbara, California
  • San Javier de Bac - Tucson, Arizona
  • Pequot Village, Connecticut
B. The Small Pox Epidemic
  • Team Report - no site visits
C. The Iroquois Confederacy
  • Onondaga Longhouse - Syracuse, New York
D. The Seven Years War
  • Fort Pitt - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
E. The Pontiac War
  • Detroit, Michigan

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