Streams to the River, River to the Sea: A Novel of Sacagawea by Scott O'Dell

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Throughout the story, Sacagawea proves that she is an invaluable part of the expedition. Write a paper that discusses the variety of ways Sacagawea aided the party as it explored the territory.

2. O'Dell has said, "I have a sincere feeling that I am able to say something . . . that someone is listening. I am not just entertaining them; I hope that somewhere in each of my books there is something they will take away from it that is important to them as a person." Write a personal reaction to O'Dell's statement, referring specifically to the novel.

3. Read O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins. Write a paper that compares and contrasts the main characters of each novel.

4. Use an encyclopedia and other sources to write a research report on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

5. Use an encyclopedia and other sources to investigate the Shoshone tribe, their characteristics, customs, and traditions. Trace their history to the present day. Write a report using the information you discover.