8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
Art and Design
Students will study the relationship between geography and music.
September 17, 2017
About Woody Guthrie
This area near Fort Walla Walla was inspiring to artist and songwriter, Woody Guthrie. He found beauty in the geography that the early pioneers on the Oregon Trail had also found.
Based on the elements in nature along the trail, or on an emotion that may have been common for the pioneers, students will develop a road trip playlist, a song, or a poem that makes a connection to this amazing journey.
If making a playlist, students need to identify the connecting factor to the geography or emotions along the trail. For example, Johnny Cash's "Lumberjack" is a song about the logging industry in the Portland area.
This area of the country was inspiring to artists of all types. Create a road trip playlist and a caption for each song explaining how it relates to The Oregon Trail. Alternatively, write your own song, or a poem, that captures the natural beauty of a place along the trail, or a feeling that this journey evokes. For inspiration, look at Woody Guthrie’s work about this area near Fort Walla Walla.