The Abduction of Jemima Boone

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 12024

What does it take to have a town named after you? What kind of life inspires books, movies, and TV shows? What is real and what is myth? Learn about a famous Boone whose life was a boon to Kentucky!


United States

learning style
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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The Wild West has long since been settled and the frontier has been closed.

  • What are the frontiers of modern times? 
  • Who are the heroes of these new frontiers? 

Every nation has its myths and legends, stories rooted in the true or not-so-true past that relate the ideas and ideals that people hold dear.

America has its own national myths and legends, and amongst the greatest of them is the myth of the frontier. The American frontier was the mythic place out at the edge of civilization where men of great courage struck out in search of fortune and adventure — that’s how the story goes, anyway.

The frontier moved ever more westward as the boundaries of the United States pushed farther towards the Pacific coast. Even though the frontier was effectively closed with the incorporation of the western states into the nation, the frontier lives on, immortalized in so many stories, books, images, and films.

One of the great and early heroes of the American frontier was the intrepid adventurer, Daniel Boone. Read more about the life of Boone and how he became a larger-than-life legend. As you read about the life of Daniel Boone, locate and write down answers to the following questions.

  • Where was the frontier located in Boone’s time?
  • What great accomplishments might have made Boone seem like a great hero?
  • What life events remind us that Boone was, in some ways, really an ordinary man?

After finding those answers in the reading, consider these questions.

  • Why are legends like the American frontier and Daniel Boone important to a society?
  • What values and ideals do you think are communicated by these legends?
  • What are some of the dangers of mythologized stories like that of the American frontier?

In some ways, the stories of Daniel Boone are timeless, because in every human era we find adventure tales of heroes like Boone.

In the Got It? section, analyze one episode from the many stories of Boone’s heroism: the suspenseful story of his daughter’s abduction and rescue.

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