Teaching Cleveland

Lesson 2

HANDOUT #1.

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RECOLLECTIONS OF BUILDING A LOG CABIN

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The best farm houses were made of hewn logs, that is logs flattened to a regular thickness. These were notched together, so that they nearly touched each other in the wall. The interstices (spaces between logs) were filled with pieces of wood, in a rough way, and then, for a good house, this chinking was plastered over with a good mortar of lime and sand, on the inside and outside of the wall...doors and windows cut through the logs. A very common house floor was made up of what we called puncheons--that is, thick slabs split out of logs, hewn on the face and edges...

Recollections of Life in Ohio, from 1813 to 1848
William C. Howells

Using Howells' description of the building of a log cabin and your own knowledge of log cabins, write down the steps needed in order to build a log cabin. Then put them into chronological order. (You should have a minimum of 8 steps.)

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