I learned that we all couldn't trade for water. Because a lot of people needed a huge amount of water for their group.

We all have to move, sometimes because we don't have enough water, so we have to move to a place near the lakes. Or maybe, because there is danger at the place we are. This helped me understand better about the essential question. It was easy to understand when we really tried it out, and when we really had to move in the winter, and when we didn't have enough water.

This also helped me understand the essential question, What do we do if people can't act speak or talk the same way we do. I learned that there are a lot of people that can not communicate with each other because they don't speak the same language as each other.

The journey entries helped me to understand the character better. Because, when we wrote about it, you use your imagination and try to make you're character based on you're occupation. So when you keep on writing you can get a better picture of you're character in you're head. And you will understand you're character better. What they do, what they are, and all other kinds of information. Because, then it is you who is the character, so you know a lot about it.

The best part of my presentation was when we really got to act out who we were and show them what these people do. But I think I can improve on, speaking louder, and being confident in front of people. And to really act out you're character.

The biggest learning I gained from this unit, is that water was very important for us. And we can't live in the same place, without moving to other shelter's . It is not easy to live peacefully. In that days it was also hard to get water. They had to carry heavy buckets of water, and deliver them to their homes.

My Journal


Norika's Journey to the New World

Hi I am a Cabinet Maker. I make lots of fine furniture's with wood,and I use a lot of hand tools. I am going to the New World. I am very excited, but also a little worried, but if we go to the new world, we will have a totally different life, and we can have a better life. But it doesn't mean that everything is going to go well. But at least I can earn more money for are occupation. I will hopefully have enough supplies for are journey. But if I go I might be homesick, and may not have enough food each day to build up energy to work. The boat is not that big so all our belongings might not fit in the boat. My dreams are to do my occupation and earn money, so I won't need to suffer from hunger and thirst. Going to the new world might be a great adventure, because I can find lot's of wood and hand tools. So I can make lot's of fine furniture to sell to the customers. I am moving to the new world to find a better place to live. Better shelter, enough food and water to survive, and also for more freedom. For me to survive I will have to bring enough food and water, but I may not have enough for such a long journey. I will also bring some of my hand tools for making furniture's and other things made of wood. I think it will be a interesting journey for me.

One month past,on the journey. I felt like I was on the ship for 10 years. I was really home sick. All I do is eat then sleep, it's just so boring. But even it is boring on the ship, it may be a wonderful place in the new world. I tried to stand this long and boring trip. When I was about to go back to my small cabin, the captain called out we are going to stop at a Island, and stay there for 2 months. Then sail again. I thought I was going to faint. 2 months!! Then we will get to the new world 2months late. But actually staying on a island might be fun. 1 week past on the Island. It was a little better than staying on a ship. It wasn't as small as the ship. So we weren't squished together,and instead of our cabin we can have open air space. But one sunny day, we saw a sight of solders marching toward us. They looked like they were going to attack us. So we all rushed to the ship, and the ship sailed off straight away. I couldn't believe they came to a Island just to attack us. I was a little bit scared. Or very scared. But I was a little bit happy because we could get to the new world faster. We were going to continue are journey, so far are 1 month journey was fun and a little scary.

I was really bored. I was having a nap. I opened my right eye, then suddenly I couldn't believe my eyes. I rubbed my eyes and looked at it carefully. It was land, finally land!!!I woke up all my cabin mates, they didn't believe me at first but when they really did they were jumping up and down with jubilation. When we looked at our map, we were at the new world. When the ship stopped a I jumped out of the ship. It was full with people, and there were a lot of things I never ever saw before. It was amazing. I never so a place before in my whole life. Because I was working all day long. I didn't even get to see the real world. I was so happy I started to cry. I was so curious about all the shops and every thing that I saw with my eyes.

I was at the new world for3 weeks. So far I am having a lot of fun. I can get more fine wood. And they have more fine hand tools. So I can make more money for the furniture I make. I didn't have to be under control like in the old world, and I had a little bit more food plenty for me to eat. I had time to look around the town, that was the best part. But I also had to be careful too. Because it doesn't mean I am are safe in the new world. I couldn't wander in to the crowd whenever I wanted too. It was more interesting than the old world so I was really happy. I didn't have to work all day. Working here was more fun than in the old world. The tools were more useful and was easy to use. And the wood was more straight and small peices didn't hang from it so it was really easy to make into furnitures.

We met the natives. At first we were very nervous. They might actually do something to us. Because they were really different to us so we didn't know a thing about them. But they seemed really nice too. I didn't know why. We couldn't talk to them they didn't understand us. We didn't know what to do. I stepped out of the group and tried to talk with the natives. They were replying in a certain language, but I had know idea what they were talking about. I was really nervous. The other people on the ship with me was trying to talk to the natives too. They were using there body to ask them where they came from. Like this we kept on doing conversations back and forth. Finally they understanded us. Actually they weren't so bad after all. But the natives looked strange to us. They had gun's and lot's of other things I never saw or used before.

So far the life in the colony was good. I can use hand tools I never ever used before. It was really cool. I got more tools so I can make more fine and strong furniture. And people buy it with more money than the old world. I get to meet a lot o people, and it is also very fun working too. While I am working sometimes when I run out of things i can go and buy them straight away. I don't have to be controlled all the time. I can work with other people like Tailor's to like share things and work together. In the old world we couldn't even have time to rest. I made lot's of money for my fine furniture, using all my hand tools. But I feel a little danger coming toward are country.

A new kind of Freedom

What convinced Johann to go to America?:

The wilderness of America. And also if he stayed in germany they are in grave danger. Because the duke's cavalry have come into their town and shut the church doors. But still the people wanted to go so the church members will meet in secret. But if they got found they will get arrested. So it is more safe if he moves to America. People were excited of the plan of the new colony called ''Holy Experiment". All different religious people can join. It was the only place in the world that had a new freedom. For all people to worship. When Johann heard about this new colony he thought America sounded wonderful.

How did he feel about the decision later?:

He was really happy to stay at America. Every day seemed like a adventure for him. He thought nothing was more amazing than Philadelphia. It was filled with lot's of wonderful things. He just enjoys America so much. He likes the things there the people there and everything else. He had a totally different living in there. His favorite time was Market day. Usually the whole family could ride on a wagon to Philadelphia.

Molly's Dream

What dream does molly have?:

Molly's dream is to be free, and not to be a slave. Just to be free. Now her mother have passed away. So there father is working very hard, but they are very poor. So he had to ask Molly and Willie to go to America to work there. But molly didn't want to go. But if she worked hard there and earn alot of money, she will be able to come back to her own land and be free.

What will she need to do to make her dream come true?:

She will have to try really hard to find a job and earn money for her family to live. Then good things will go back to her, so she will be free. And her family won't be very poor anymore. And they wouldn't have to move to other places to find a better job ,and a better living. Just one moment,molly will have to go through the hard feelings. Then they will have a happy life. They can stay with there family all the time. They won't have to ask there young kids to go to other countrys and work there to earn there money . And they won't be slaves or servants. I think those people who work hard for there family,always deserves something good. You can do anything if you believe yourself that you can do it. And remember god is always with you.


1.Why do people move

People move to other places because many of them are poor. They are escaping from there own country. But to move they can't just go in to that country. People called customs agents have to check on you when you arrive to another country. Just even for a short vacation. That is how strict they are when you just even come and visit a country. They will have to always check on you wherever country you go. There are a lot of immigrants in America. So they move to different kind of places. But like people from China they are living in china for years and years so they don;t really move to other places compared to America. That's why the population of china is a lot. Because there are a lot of people living in china.

Essential Questions

1. Why do people move?

Some people move , because they are poor. So they go to different kind of places to find better shelters, and food for there living. But sometimes even they move to other places, they can't
find good shelters for them self. But for them to move they will also have to pay money for the trip. If they move it will also be better education for them. But sometimes for little children it is not that easy to move and travel to places. I think the people who move will have a very good living. If they were used as slaves , and if they move I think they will have freedom. And feel like they are free from the world.

2. What do we do when other people don't think,act,or speak the same we do?

Some people might not want to learn how to speak and communicate to each other. But others might want to learn how to speak, so they can communicate to others. So it depends on the person. Everybody thinks a different way. Some might wan to think hard for things they do, but some might not want to think so hard. But they are both not really wrong if they can do the thing at the end. when people act they have to first think but some might not be able to think. So sometimes they can move to other places to learn more faster.