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Learners analyze the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad on life and the environment in the Nineteenth Century.
Students examine the effects the Transcontinental Railroad had on the regions through which it passed. They analyze and discuss maps, view and describe online images, and use photos and documents to develop a cause-and-effect ladder.
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this Western Expansion lesson, 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 lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the effect of the railroad on Chinese immigrants and American Indians, railroad promotors, and passengers.
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 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.
Sixth graders explore the American West. In this American history lesson plan, 6th graders use propaganda to create a poster advertising the use of the Transcontinental Railroad to head West.
In this social studies learning exercise, 5th graders answer multiple choice questions about World War II, the transcontinental railroad, slavery, and more. Students complete 25 questions.
Students investigate the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. In this Chinese immigration lesson, students study evidence and develop hypotheses about reasons for Chinese immigration and exclusion. Students use a timeline and graphic organizers to record their opinions.
In this American railroads activity, students respond to 22 fill in the blank questions about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
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.
Sixth graders research the history of the transcontinental railroad. They use advertising propaganda techniques to design and create a poster encouraging people to explore the West by rail.
Eighth graders study the lives of cowboys and Indians during the time of Western Expansion.  In this American History lesson, 8th graders analyze various posters dealing with the Industrial Revolution and Westward Expansion.  Students discuss the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. 
Students 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, 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 instructional activity, 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.
Young scholars examine the Chinese Expulsion Act of 1880. In this History lesson, students explore the issues of immigration and exclusion surrounding the Chinese Expulsion Act. Young scholars will use a variety of primary sources to write an essay the demonstrates comprehension of the concept.
Seventh graders discuss the chapter about a Chinese boy and his dilemma with his parents.  In The Fastest Pig in the West in the Classroom:  Chapter 10 lesson, 7th graders answer 5 discussion questions and visit listed websites to read more about the contribution of Chinese workers on the transcontinental railroad.
Eleventh graders compare and contrast the type of immigrant that came to America during the 19th and 20th centuries. They write letters as if they were immigrants coming to America and what they faced and their hopes for the future.
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.

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