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Students stop action and determine how history may have been altered. In this historical perspectives lesson, students consider how the Cherokee Removal, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Immigration Act of 1924, and the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki may have been different.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Western Expansion instructional activity, students conduct research to find out how the Transcontinental Railroad fueled territorial expansion in the United States and Canada. Students write essays about the immigration influx, the adjustment of Native Americans, or the trip west for settlers.
Students investigate the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad. In this Transcontinental Railroad activity, students research Internet and print sources regarding the effect of the railroad on Chinese immigrants and American Indians, railroad promotors, and passengers.
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine the historical significance of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Golden Spike Ceremony in Promontory, Utah, which honored its completion. In one activity they plan and recreate a grander, more appropriate Golden Spike ceremony.
Using a variety of online resources, learners study life and society in California during the gold rush. They use a map to identify area where gold was located, explore pre-selected websites, describe mining practices, and create an advertisement to the transcontinental railroad. All these activities culminate in a portfolio and an interesting essay.
Eighth graders study the lives of cowboys and Indians during the time of Western Expansion. In this American History instructional activity, 8th graders analyze various posters dealing with the Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion. Students discuss the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
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.
Learners examine the reasons why people leave their country to live in another. In groups, they use print and electronic resources to answer questions about where immigrants came from during different time periods and advice given to African Americans. To end the lesson plan, they calculate the distances to America from various European and Asian countries.
Eleventh graders study the history of immigration from 1850 to the present. In this American History lesson, 11th graders compare the 1924 and 1965 immigration acts and give a reasoned opinion on each. Students research, write, and make a presentation on a notable immigrant to the United States.
Students examine the Chinese Expulsion Act of 1880. In this History lesson, students explore the issues of immigration and exclusion surrounding the Chinese Expulsion Act. Students will use a variety of primary sources to write an essay the demonstrates comprehension of the concept.
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.