Route 66 is a historic U.S. highway that stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. Named “The Mother Road” by John Steinbeck in his 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath, this highway symbolizes the pioneer spirit, freedom, and the idea that reaching for your dreams can result in actualizing them. Rt. 66 has been immortalized in literature, films, songs, poems, drama, and a variety of “folk art” and pop art. It is “the people’s road“ that boosted the economy and opened the American West to the rest of the world.
The study of Route 66 is a vehicle and road map to the study of language arts through a virtual tour of the U.S. which includes: history, economics, geography, culture, personal growth, literature and art, and many other undiscovered “mysteries” which keeps the student interested in traveling.
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