Activity Overview

After studying the Transcontinental Railroad, students can display their knowledge about its route, the major companies involved, and the cities from which it traveled by creating a map! They can use the template provided or start with a blank storyboard. Students should include a key with symbols to indicate important features of the railroad determined by the teacher such as cities, states, the routes, physical features, etc. In this example the following are included: the Central Pacific Railroad route, the Union Pacific Railroad route, Omaha, Nebraska, Promontory Point, Utah, Sacramento, California, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a map about the transcontinental railroad.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Using the poster template, create a map of the route of the transcontinental railroad. Include major cities, physical features and the two main companies.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/2/B] Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

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