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Enhance your American literature unit with this resource, in which readers access the Nebraska Studies website and read about "Railroads and Settlement." They search for a photograph of some aspect of the railroad from the Prairie Settlement, Nebraska Photographs and Letters. Additionally, they complete a worksheet and participate in class discussions of the topic.
Students discover how the railroads contributed to the interdependence between farms and towns. Using the railroads, they describe the effect of them on western settlement and the relationship between their location and the availability of resources and markets. They discuss the arrival of the railroads to an area and how it helped to develop the region's farming industry.
Eighth graders identify reasons why settlers bought land from the railroad and not a Homestead grant. Using that information, they compare and contrast the types of land given in each situation. They discuss the reasons why given families chose the community they did to live in.
Eleventh graders examine a picture of John Gast's, American Progress to determine what they know about American growth between 1877- 1900. By working through thirteen center or folder activities, they study the economics, industrialization, immigration, technological change, and expansion of America. They access links that show photographs, documents, and background information about each topic.