Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure Reinforcing Activity

After reading this book, talk to your students about how the lives of women were different during the era of the book than the lives of women today. Discuss with your students how the protagonist's adventures in the story is considered very out of the ordinary for the early 1900s. For example, ask your students: "In what ways do you think Alice Ramsey could be considered brave or different for the time period during which she lived?" Ask your students to provide specific examples from the text and to connect their prior knowledge concerning how women are viewed today versus the ways in which women were viewed during the early 1900s.

After discussing these items and you can assess that your students have a good grasp of the concept, ask them to get out their journals if they have them or just a sheet of paper. Ask students to respond in their journals to one of the following prompts:
1. You are Alice Ramsey during her journey. How did you feel about embarking on this journey? Do you think people will forever treat you differently because of your actions? Do you think you helped to pave the way for other women to live after you?
2. You are a man in this era. How do you feel about a woman traveling by car from New York to California? Why do you feel this way?
3. You are someone Alice meets on her journey. In the book it mentions a repair man. How would you feel about the situation? Would you be happy to help or not? Why?
4. Write a letter to Alice Ramsey as a person, man or woman, from this era and tell her your thoughts and feelings about this expedition and why you feel this way.
In all four of these prompts make sure that your students understand and write about the importance of a woman in this era being involved in transportation and making a significant mark on the history of transportation and travel. Make sure they include key aspects of your discussion in their writing.
To make sure that your students are including the important components and themes that you hope to address with this lesson, provide your students with a rubric to accompany the journal activity.
5. Write a letter to Alice Ramsey as yourself in today's time. What would you say to her? How have things changed since then? Do women still have to need to prove themselves as Alice did? If so, how do they do it differently from Alice? Tell all of this to Alice in her letter.


K-2
Benchmark C : Compare daily life in the past and present demonstrating an understanding that while basic human needs remain the same, they are met in different ways in different times and places