The Emigrant Train
by Robert Louis Stevenson from Across the Plains
Chapter 2 passage: Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson is known for his novels such as “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped.” Because of his ill health, Stevenson traveled around the world in search of a location that would improve his health. He wrote about his travels, including his 1879 train trip across the United States, in his book “Across the Plains." Students will read the passage and answer questions on the language and the theme.