Materials: Map of the New York City coastal area including lower
Maritcha by Tonya Bolden
Paper and pencil
Map Skills: Use of mile scale on a map. Identifying and using highways and
roads on a map.
Focus: Using a map of the area, can you plot Maritcha’s family escape route
to Salem Massachusetts?
After reading pages 28- 32 of Maritcha, the students will record the
starting point of the Lyon’s family escape route from New York City to
Williamsburg, to the home of the Remonds (Salem, Mass.) They have to
record all of the cities the family stopped in along the way showing the
possible route between cities buy using the details from the book.
Next, using the modern highway system plot a course from New York City to
Salem, Massachusetts (Do not travel the same route as the Lyons family).
What highways did you travel?
Questions: What are the differences between the Lyons’ route and yours?
What do you think are the reason’s for the differences?
Chart the answers.
Using the mile scale, what was the total distance travel by the Lyons family?
Calculate all routes from city to city.
Using the mile scale again, what is the distance you traveled from New York
City to Salem, Mass.?
Which route was fastest? Why?
If you traveled your route today at 60 miles an hour, how long would it take
for you to travel from New York City to Salem?