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The First Regularly Scheduled Airmail Service in the United States

In this lesson, students will learn about the first regularly scheduled airmail service in the United States, which began between New York City and Washington, D.C. in 1918. Students will explore the history of airmail, the challenges faced by early airmail pilots, and the impact of airmail on the United States Postal Service.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the history of airmail in the United States
  • Understand the challenges faced by early airmail pilots
  • Understand the impact of airmail on the United States Postal Service
  • Can analyze primary sources related to airmail

Methodology

This lesson will be taught through a combination of lecture, discussion, and primary source analysis. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in class discussion.

Resources/Materials

  • Primary sources related to airmail, such as letters and photographs
  • Textbook readings on the history of airmail
  • Lecture notes and PowerPoint slides
  • Whiteboard and markers

Activities

  • Lecture on the history of airmail in the United States
  • Discussion of the challenges faced by early airmail pilots
  • Primary source analysis of letters and photographs related to airmail
  • Group activity in which students create their own airmail route and discuss the challenges they would face
  • Assessment: Students will write a short essay analyzing a primary source related to airmail

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