How do you think Mississippi's trails will help people understand the state's history?
According to the article, Mississippi has markers along trails honoring the blues, country music, civil rights, Indian mounds and writers. If your state were to create trails like this, what topics do you think they should cover? If you're from Mississippi, what other trails do you think the state should create?
If you were a member of Mississippi's state tourism department, what kind of program would you create to encourage people to follow the markers on the state's heritage trails?
Do you think understanding the history of a place can help people living there build a better future? Why or why not?
- Invite students to share what they know about state markers, such as the Mississippi markers they read about in the article. You may wish to review the Mississippi Historical Markers site to give students a better understanding of what a marker is, what it looks like and the type and amount of information it contains.
- Remind students that Mississippi's newest trail will honor authors with a connection to the state.
- Have students identify the author of their favorite book. Give them time to conduct research to learn about that person's life and work.
- Challenge students to select a key point about the author and summarize that information so that it will fit on a roadside marker.
- Provide art supplies. Encourage students to draw a picture of a roadside marker honoring their favorite author. As an extra challenge, instruct students to identify where they think the marker should be placed.
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