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Supplements for Teachers: Black Storm Comin'

--Curriculum Connection

Pre-Civil War America, Pony Express, black Americans, westward migration, California

--Discussion Questions

Why does the color of a person's skin affect other people's perceptions?

How do you change the opinion of a person who has misjudged you?

Pretend you're a rider for the Pony Express. Write a letter to a friend describing some of the dangers you've faced on your rides.

What's the most dangerous thing you've ever done? Why did you do it? Were you alone or with others? What happened?

Think about what you'd need to carry on a covered wagon if you were moving west to start a new life. Make a complete list.

--Hands-On Projects

Draw a map of the Pony Express route

Create a "Want Ad" for Pony Express riders

Sketch a kestrel

--Engaging References

The Way People Live: Life on the Pony Express (Diane Yancey) This is such an interesting book with lots of journal excerpts and quotes from the period.
Just about anything you could ever want to know about the Pony Express can be found at this website.
Website of the Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph, MO (the eastern terminus of the Pony Express route).