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Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad
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Connecting the Coasts: The Race to Build the Transcontinental Railroad

Imagine sitting in a basket dangling thousands of feet above the ground drilling a hole into the side of mountain. Then you have to stuff that hole with dynamite and get out of the way before it explodes. This dangerous work was just part of the job for the men who built the Transcontinental Railroad. Lively language, historical photos and illustrations, and primary accounts help readers understand the dangers the workers faced every day while building the Transcontinental Railroad. Meets Common Core critical thinking standards, and provides strong ties to social studies standards on westward expansion.

6-Pack ISBN978-1-4914-0200-9
Early Intervention   27
Lexile Level910L
ATOS Level5.8
Text TypeInformational Text
Text SubtypeSequence
SubjectU.S. History
Page Count32
SeriesAdventures on the American Frontier
Teacher NotesYes


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Norma Lewis

Norma Lewis

Norma Lewis is the author of six books and hundreds of articles, many on the topic of American history, including Alaska and her home state of Michigan. One of her favorite childhood memories is of riding a train from New York to Miami in the middle of winter. She still remembers the snowy slush when she boarded and the summery breeze blowing in her hair when she arrived. It seemed magical, and it sparked a lifelong passion for new places and new experiences.

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