Learning About Jesse James {A Mini Unit Study}

Learning about Jesse James, his brother Frank, and the James-Younger Gang could be an interesting addition to your American History studies.

Jesse James is a legendary icon of Western folklore, he was born on September 5, 1847 in Missouri. Jesse and his brother were both Confederate guerrillas during the American Civil War. After the war, however, James became most famous for robbing trains & banks. Some say he was an American Robin Hood – robbing the rich & giving to the poor.


Jesse James Unit Study

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Here is a round up of resources to help you learn a little more about Jesse James. What do you think? Was he a Hero or just a thief and a murderer?

Read one {or more} of these books:


Check out these websites to gather information:

On This Day in History – September 5

Folk Hero or Cold-Blooded Killer

Jesse James: The Confederate Guerrilla

Jesse James Photo Album

Jesse James, from the files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Watch this documentary.

Look for punctuation, spelling, & grammar errors in this printable paragraph about Jesse James from educationworld.com

Learn this song about Jesse James –Lyrics & MIDI file download – Discuss whether or not the words of this song are true and how the author of the song may have felt about Jesse James.

Write a paragraph about what you have learned using this simple Jesse James Notebook Page with a box to draw a picture.

Coloring Page

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Danielle

    Great ideas here. Thanks!

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