Welcome, young pioneer! Now that you have finished Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm, you are well prepared to continue on your historical quest. Boston Jane follows the life and adventures of Jane, a Philadelphia lady who moves to the wilderness of Washington state in order to marry her childhood sweetheart, William. However, when she arrives after a tumultuous journey, William is nowhere to be found and Jane must learn how to survive in the frontier, alone and where no etiquette rules apply!

While Boston Jane is based on actual events and is set within the time period of the 1850s, it is still a work of historical fiction. Through this webquest, it is your duty to explore the roles of the characters of Boston Jane; specifically, how the author used the setting and historical fact to create her fictional characters.

What will this webquest help you to do?

*Identify accuracies of a fictional text by further researching the settings and real lives of characters in Boston Jane.

*Research the role of women in 19th century United States; specifically, young lady's etiquette and frontier life.

*Gather information and make connections to Boston Jane by completing a multi-genre research paper.

Instructions for completing this webquest:

For this project, you will be working either in pairs or groups of three. You may wish to research the web sites together, or divide up the work equally to make the tasks quicker.

Each person is responsible for keeping track of information/where it was found and informing the other members of the group on their topic. As you complete your research, make sure that you are taking good notes (a resource is provided below for tips)! To do this, you can either use a notebook or complete note cards.

All members of the group are encouraged to look at a variety of sites to further inform themselves of the characters and setting.

After collecting information and completing the tasks, a multi-genre research paper will help you to pull all the information together.

Important! These links may guide you before you begin your research.

What is historical fiction?
What is a primary source?
How do I take notes?

What might a good page of notes look like? How about a note card?

Are you ready? Click on the Lady Luck to continue your adventure.

Clipper lithograph

Image courtesy of The American Memory Project

Is this really the Lady Luck? No, but it is an actual lithograph from 1870 depicting a ship caught in a storm off Cape Horn, a place where the Lady Luck may also have experienced rough waters.

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Questions? Contact r-tjaden@cornellcollege.edu.