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Background Essay on Iron Horses and Indians
This essay discusses the impact of the transcontinental railroad on Native American life. It focuses on the role of buffalo hunters in the federal government's policy of Indian removal. This essay, and the related Iron Horse vs. the Buffalo [...]
Vocabulary for The Journal of Sean Sullivan
This is a basic vocabulary list to use with this book. There are other words and terms that your students may want to add in the space provided at the end.
Themes in The Journal of Sean Sullivan
This is a list of the book’s themes along with the related journal entries.
Theme Team Worksheets for The Journal of Sean Sullivan
This set of worksheets provides reading questions and writing tasks that cover five themes (work, corruption, tensions among immigrant groups, conflict with Indians, boomtowns) found in the historical fiction book, The Journal of Sean Sullivan.
Reading Historical Fiction: The Journal of Sean Sullivan: A Transcontinental Railroad Worker
In this activity, students are guided through a close reading of The Journal of Sean Sullivan: A Transcontinental Railroad Worker, a fictional book for young readers based on historical sources. Students will read a short excerpt from the beginning [...]