Week 5 (Sept. 27)

Instructor: Jennifer Guiliano

Topic: Narratives of American Expansion in Multiple Form

Pre-class Reading:

Frances Parkman, The Oregon Trail, Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life, Knickerbocker’s Magazine, 1847-1849. Please read “Jumping Off”: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/oregon/otrail04.html and “The War Parties”: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/oregon/otrail10.html

Playing History: Oregon Trail: Virtual Apple 2: http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html. Please play the Virtual Apple 2 version of Oregon Trail. You are expected to play through the entirety of the game at least once or until your character perishes. Please do not intentionally kill your characters as it will affect your ability to complete the blog assignment. You are free to select whichever character you choose.

Post Class Assignment (due 8:00 AM EST on 10/02/2012:

Forming teams of 4, you will be assigned one of the following forms of historical narration to write an overview of. Your overview should outline names, dates, places, events, and other pertinent information gleaned from your reading.

Team 1 and 3: Parkman and Oregon Trail: Virtual Apple 2

Team 2 and 4: Webber and Oregon Trail: Virtual Apple 2



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