The Adventures of Pearley Monroe




For our first book of the year, we will read
The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. This historical fiction book written by Marci Seither tells the story of Pearley Monroe who lived in nearby Coloma in the late 1800's. We will use the book to learn about California and United States history. The book will be used to introduce our study of characters, setting, mood, theme and plot analysis. Nearly every chapter leaves a reader hanging and anticipating the action of the next. It's a fun book to use to start the school year!





Follow the links below to learn more about the topics in the book.



Slavery


History of Slavery in the United States


The Underground Railroad-PBS

The Underground Railroad-Kids History

How Slavery Ended-The Emancipation Proclamation











Places

Auburn

Coloma

Placerville

Sutter's Fort

Empire Mine

Mormon Island

Gold Bug Mine-YouTube Video


                                       Coloma as viewed from the Monroe Ridge Trail





People

Maidu

Black Bart

John Fremont

James Marshall

Chinese Immigration

Monroe Gooch Family


Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea

Donner Party-Interactive Map


Andrew Monroe is seated with a child on his lap






Transportation/Communication

Pony Express

Pony Express from Ducksters

Wells Fargo & Co. Express

The Transcontinental Railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad and Chinese Workers

The Transcontinental Railroad-Video from The History Channel



A Wells Fargo Stage







Miscellaneous Links


Yellow Fever

California Black Bear

Surviving in Fast River Currents


California's Admission to the United States

California Statehood-The Debate and Compromise

Author Marci Seither Visits Room 15, May 2014-KCRA TV Report


Learn from the Thinglink Project from the 4th graders of 2015-2016




Author Marci Seither








Vocabulary to keep an eye on . . .



Prologue: depot, calloused, lanky


Chapter 1: bickered, embankment, oblivious, jovial, salve, turbulent


Chapter 2: protruded, nonchalantly, chagrin


Chapter 3: formidable, foal


Chapter 4: mercantile


Chapter 5: tethered


Chapter 6: midwife


Chapter 7: ruckus


Chapter 8: none to add


Chapter 9: none to add


Chapter 10: rustle


Chapter 11: dignitaries


Chapter 12: sauntered


Chapter 13: singed, tedious


Chapter 14: cobbler


Chapter 15: intimidating, gingham, grimaced


Chapter 16: none to add


Chapter 17: none to add


Chapter 18: vivid


Chapter 19: pined


Chapter 20: sober


There are several other words and phrases that are unique to the time period of the story,

but the glossary in the back of the book will be used for those!