I chose the topic of Johnny Appleseed because it is one of great interest to many children in the primary grades. The story of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, is both educational and entertaining.
Chronological Thinking, Historical Comprehension, Analysis and Interpretation, Research: Distinguish between fact and fiction in historical accounts by comparing documentary sources on historical figures and events with fictional characters and events in stories.
Example: Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) and Harriet Tubman
Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774. His real name was John Chapman, but he was called Johnny Appleseed because of his love for growing apple trees. Johnny Appleseed was a legendary American who planted and supplied apple trees to much of the United States of America. Johnny was a skilled nurseryman who grew trees and supplied apple seeds to the pioneers in the mid-western USA. Appleseed gave away and sold many trees. He owned many nurseries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, where he grew his beloved apple trees. Although he was a very successful man, Appleseed lived a simple life. It is said that as Johnny traveled, he wore his cooking pot on his head as a hat!
Chapman earned his nickname because he planted small orchards and individual apple trees during his travels as he walked across 100,000 square miles of Midwestern wilderness and prairie. He was a genuine and dedicated professional nurseryman. In 1801, Chapman transported 16 bushels of apple seeds from western Pennsylvania down the Ohio River. He had acquired more than 1,000 acres of farmland on which he developed apple orchards and nurseries. But he didn't just stay there. Chapman's work resembled that of a missionary.
“ My best traveling was done during winter months when the cold has settled in and my feet are bared; the icy earth quickens my step.” Johnny Appleseed on why he went barefoot.
“ Farewell, dear old eccentric heart. Your labor has been a labor of love, and generations yet unborn will rise up and call you blessed.” Sam Houston in the US Capitol on hearing of John’s death.
“ He had walked more miles than any other recorded borderer of his generation—now he belonged to the American trails and rivers forever.” Robert Price.
“ [He] has nurtured life instead of destroying it, and has been sensitive to the beauty of this continent, and has done something to create here a civilization. Johnny Appleseed stands for ourselves at our best.” Writer Charles Smart on the legacy of Johnny Appleseed.
Thank you Johnny Appleseed. We owe you quite a lot, For the apples that you planted With a Bible and a cooking pot. Your seeds were planted far and wide. You gave a helping hand. A friendly word you had for all, Across our frontier land. Thank you Johnny Appleseed. We owe you quite a lot. The lovely trees and apples, And the lessons that you taught.