As part of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received Marshall Publishing‘s Oregon Trail & Pony Express DVD to review.
Marshall Publishing’s goal is to provide lots of fun for everyone through award-winning DVDs, Books, CDs, CD-roms, and other media that will amaze, amuse, entertain, and educate.
I reviewed Marshall Publishing’s George Washington Carver DVD last year, and we loved it. So I was glad to receive another one of their DVDs to review.
The History of The Oregon Trail & The Pony Express is two DVDs in one. With live re-enactments, illustrated maps, awesome photography, including rare photographs, this DVD brings history to life. This DVD is very well done. It not only entertains, but it educates young and old alike.
The Oregon Trail is approximately 35 minutes long. This section not only shows the beautiful landscape of The Oregon Trail but also covers why people traveled this way. I loved the parts that showed the view from inside the wagon. Using immigrants diaries and detail accounts, this DVD covers the joys and hardships of the trip.
The Pony Express is approximately 16 minutes long. Most people, including me, don’t realize that the Pony Express only lasted 19 months. I don’t remember learning that. With this DVD you’ll also learn what happened to the men that started the Pony Express, and what it was like to be a rider traveling from the Northern states to California during the Civil War.
I watched the Oregon Trail & Pony Express with my 6th grade, 12 year old son. He sat still the entire time while watching this DVD. That’s quite a feat. lol He was fascinated with the stories. I foresee us watching this DVD again, a few times most likely.
There is a study guide on the page linked below. The DVD and study guide are recommended for 4th grade through adult. The study guide includes a Brief Summary, Discussion Questions, Suggestions for Enrichment Before Viewing and After viewing, Research Questions.
The History of The Oregon Trail and The Pony Express sells for $24.95 and is on sale as of this writing for $19.95. Right now you can use coupon code TOS27 for free shipping on your order.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this DVD in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. My opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”