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8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet

For Students 8th
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...
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Carlisle Indian Industrial School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How do policies aimed to help actually hurt? Native American boarding schools—an attempt at assimilating children of indigenous tribes into white culture—had a shattering effect on those who attended. With primary sources, including...
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Great Plains Homesteaders

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
"Westward, ho!" may have been their cry in spite of the hardships. Using a series of photographs by Solomon D. Butcher of those who ventured west, class members consider what life was like in the 1800s for those who embarked on the...
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On This Day: Sand Creek Massacre

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The Sand Creek Massacre refers to the killing of hundreds of native peoples at the hands of federal troops. Today, the site is marked as a sacred spot by the National Parks Service. Young people consider the impact of the atrocity and...
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On This Day: Battle of Tippecanoe

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
What do the War of 1812 and the accidental presidency of John Tyler have in common? Historians ponder the question as they learn about the Battle of Tippecanoe, how it led to the declaration of war with Great Britain in the War of 1812,...
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The Overland Trails 1840-1860

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What led Americans to head west in the 1800s? Using an interactive map and journals from those who traveled, pupils explore the stories of those who migrated. In addition, they see how the numbers fluctuated in response to the push-pull...
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Sitting Bull: Spiritual Leader and Military Leader

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Sitting Bull was not expected to be a great warrior. Yet, he led the Lakota people and other tribes to several pivotal victories against the United States government when federal troops threatened their land. Using primary sources, such...
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America's History in the Making: Classroom Applications Three

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can primary sources bring history to life? Scholars create detailed lesson plans on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in American history. The 17th installment of a 22-part program exploring American history examines...
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Taming the American West

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Have you ever seen a movie about the romance of the American West with its buffalo, horses, cowboys, and endless frontier? The 13th installment of a 22-part series on American history presents the myths associated with the American West....
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Myth of the West: Lonely But Free I’ll Be Found

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Tumbling tumbleweeds! Scholars work with video clips, primary and secondary documents, and song lyrics to uncover life in the Old West. They examine song's lyrics to uncover myths told in the 1930s about life in the Wild West. 
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Using Primary Sources: The Rogue's Gallery

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What would be in your life's scrapbook? Scholars use short video clips, primary and secondary documents, and photos to investigate a 1909 scrapbook. They analyze and uncover what the Rogue Book tells them about the past in Western...
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Myth of the West: The Battle of the Washita

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Go West, young man! Scholars use PBS video clips, slide shows, and interactive materials to create a picture of Manifest Destiny in the American West. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, young historians learn about the...
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Myth of the West: Kit Carson to the Rescue

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
There's nothing like the Wild Wild West! Scholars investigate the American Frontier through the eyes of Kit Carson. To complete the first installment of a three-part series, they use presentations, a short video, and primary and...
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Westward Expansion: Image and Reality

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
As your young historians study Westward Expansion, practice in-depth primary source analysis with the documents and guidelines presented in this resource. They will examine a lithograph and excerpts from two letters written by a Nebraska...
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Out Where the West Begins

For Students 7th - 11th Standards
Examine the mythology of the American West with Arthur Chapman's poem "Out Where the West Begins." Learners read the poem, answer text-dependent questions, and take some notes on a few more questions to prepare for a class discussion.
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Stamp Stories of Westward Expansion

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
What a fantastic project idea for discussing not only the history of America's expansion into the West, but for reviewing any major unit of history in your class. Pupils build stamp collections to visually represent themes of the unit,...
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My Antonia: K-W-H-L Strategy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Use the well-known KWHL chart as a tool for building up to a research project and oral presentation related to Willa Cather's My Antonia. Starting with a class brainstorm, pupils research and gradually narrow down topics relating to...
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Postcards From the American West

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Why did people move westward in the United States? Your young historians will examine the experiences of various groups on the American frontier, from a miner working near the Comstock Lode in Nevada, to an Apache chief from the...
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War & Expansion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did the United States come to acquire two of its largest states? Your class members will learn about the sequence of events that led to and immediately followed the acquisition of Texas and California, including the Mexican-American...
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Westward Expansion Project Choices

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
What a great list of brief research projects for reviewing the era of westward expansion in the United States! Learners are directed to choose and complete three of the projects on the given list, which includes opportunities to design...
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The Louisiana Purchase: Reading and Quiz

For Students 6th - 8th
In need of informational text and a related quiz regarding the Louisiana Purchase? Here are four pages containing basic information on Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Manifest Destiny, and the Louisiana Purchase, plus a 15-question quiz. 
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A Century of Expansion: America's Destiny (1763-1867)

For Teachers 10th - 11th
How did we grow into such a large nation? Follow the events, wars, and treaties that led to the acquisition of major states as we expanded into the West. The slides provide maps, dates, and simplistic information to help learners...
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Study Guide: The Age of Jackson

For Students 9th - 11th
Prepare your class for an exam on the age of Jackson. Not Michael Jackson, Andrew Jackson. Pupils' focus will be guided by 40 different prompts that have them looking up vocabulary words, cross-referencing important names and events, and...
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Bill Pickett, Bulldoggin' Cowboy

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Who was Bill Picket? Interested readers work through an informational passage to find out about a famous "bulldogger" from the old West. They answer several reading comprehension questions and use a seven step process to decode new...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners read about jobs on a cattle drive and the lives of cowboy during U.S. Westward Expansion. They create a "Help Wanted" poster for one of the jobs. After reading primary source accounts of cowboys, they write...
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What Brought Settlers to the Midwest?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Drawn by promises of fertile land, thousands of settlers poured West because of the Homestead Act of 1862. By examining images of the ads that drew them westward, learners consider the motivations for movement. They also consider how the...
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Tragedy, Triumph, or Trespass?

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Did westward expansion really live up to the dream of adventurers for a new life and opportunities for land and resources? While designed for a flipped classroom, try using this resource to evaluate primary sources alongside your class!...
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Millionaire Game Review: Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Review the westward expansion, game-show style. Twelve hot topics related to the westward expansion, if answered correctly, will make your class winners in the game of American history. The game is modeled after the once-popular TV show,...
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National Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners investigate the Manifest Denstiny. They explore how the idea was evident in 19th century American maps. Students brainstorm the relationships between maps and national expansion. They review a map from 1816 that called for...
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The Railroads: The First Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 11th
The move West was greatly effected by the first transcontinental railroad. Present your class with well-organized information regarding major causes, players, and effects the railroad had on the face of an expanding America. Note: A...
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The Brief American Pageant: Manifest Destiny and its Legacy

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Frame your lecture about Manifest Destiny around these maps, which portray the extended boundaries of various American territories in the 19th century. Campaigns of the Mexican War, and a map of the Spanish Missions on the West Coast are...
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The Election of 1844

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Briefly detailing the goals and issues within the Polk election and presidency, this presentation can help your students to bridge their knowledge of American politics and issues prior to the Civil War. It includes photographs of Polk,...
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Oregon Trail Wiki

For Teachers 4th
Here is a fantastic instructional activity on the Oregon Trail! Learners use the wiki to create a fictitious character that travels on the Oregon Trail. After some mini-lessons on the lives of travelers on the Oregon Trail, they put...
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The People of Kansas: Where did they come from and why did they come?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students review census data to correlate to emigration in Kansas. For this Westward Expansion lesson, students analyze a painting and create definitions for emigration and discuss why people emigrate. Students read and analyze 1855...
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Town Development

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students evaluate how the impact of building of towns affected slavery.  In this United States History activity, students work in small groups to construct a map, then they participate in a role-playing activity.
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The Primary Source

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners explore primary and secondary sources. In this historical research lesson, students use the internet to find sources of information . Learners describe what information they gained from the document or program.
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Bison on the Plains

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. geography by reading assigned text about American Indians. For this migration lesson, 5th graders identify the differences between Native Americans and European settlers who traveled through middle America in...
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Analysis of the Diary of Narcissa Whitman

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the West through the eyes of a settler. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 7th graders read excerpts from the diary of Narcissa Whitman as she journeyed West from Pennsylvania. Students respond to critical...
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What is Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the definition of 'Manifest Destiny' and its importance to Westward Expansion.  In this U.S. History lesson, 11th graders work in small groups to write an essay that explains 'Manifest Destiny.'
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The March of Civilization

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the true meaning of "Manifest Destiny" and where the term came from.  In this U.S. History lesson, students work in small groups and examine specific documents on "Manifest Destiny" then create a journal.  They also...
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students explore the concept of Manifest Destiny. For this Westward Expansion lesson, students discuss the impact of Manifest Destiny on different groups of people who inhabited the West. Students create journals about the topic.
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Westward Expansion (1807-1912)

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 46 multiple choice questions about Westward Expansion. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Westward Expansion (1807-1912)

For Students 7th - 12th
In this online interactive history learning exercise, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the Westward Expansion in the United States. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive learning exercise.
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Western Expansion in the United States and Canada – The Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Western Expansion lesson, students conduct research to find out how the Transcontinental Railroad fueled territorial expansion in the United...
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Westward Movement: Expansion or Encroachment?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders create a portfolio of pictures and research primary resources to investigate if westward expansion was justified. In this westward expansion lesson plan, 6th graders discuss the effect the expansion had on Native American...
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Life in the Plains during Westward Expansion

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine life on westward trails. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 5th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress that complement their reading of Pioneer Girl by Andrea Warren.
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Westward Expansion Mural: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Thinking

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the art of Thomas Benton. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 6th graders explore primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature Benton's life and work.  Analysis of best...
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Big Cities and Big Problems: Industrialization and Westward Expansion in America

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore life in America from 1877 to the present. In this American history activity, 7th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to examine governmental control of urban development. Links are provided to...
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Mapping our Way- A journey through United States Expansion

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Young scholars explore the Westward Expansion. In this United State expansion instructional activity, students use various primary sources to complete maps of the United States, as they looked prior to and after the Westward movement.
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Follow the Wagons West!

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the U. S. Western movement of the mid-1800's. In this pioneer settlement lesson plan, 5th graders explore primary sources, read literature, create foldables, compose a written piece, and make a costumed presentation...
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The Rise of Railroads

For Students 4th - 6th
In this railroads worksheet, students utilize resources to research railroad history and find 10 historical inventions, people or event from 1825. Kids cite each event and the source where they got their information from. Students create...
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First Nations vs. Euro-Americans

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners analyze primary and secondary source documents to help them describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and new settlers. Then, students analyze the purpose, challenges, and economic incentives...
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Understanding Political Cartoons

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students draw two political cartoons. They compare the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 to the stand-off that took place at Wounded Knee in l973. They examine the role that Manifest Destiny played in the West.
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Factors Contributing To the U.S. Dominance of the Pacific Northwest

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students examine the painting Columbia by John Gast. They discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny and the role of different groups (miners, missionaries, fur trappers, farmers, etc.) in the Americanization of the West. In groups, they...
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The Texas Cowboy: Myth and Reality

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create "cowboy ballads" in this interactive, multi-day instructional activity. The cowboy is researched using various sources and class discussions. Students evaluate individual work at the end of the instructional activity.
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Manifest Destiny and the U.S-Mexican War: Then and Now

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine why the concept of manifest destiny was important to Americans. They research perspectives on the Mexican War. They participate in a debate with their classmates.
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Map Reading: Where Am I?

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify specific places in the western U.S. using latitude and longitude. They research westward migration, explore maps on various websites, and compare/contrast longitude and latitude on the Eastern U.S. map.
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the concept of manifest destiny as practiced in the 1840s. They discuss how contemporary maps of the 1840s influenced United States expansion in the 1840s and analyze the relationship between manifest destiny and...
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine journals and documents to investigate Lewis and Clark's explorations and how they relate to the concept of Manifest Destiny. They consider the impact of modern civilization to some of the areas Lewis and Clark wrote about.
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Masculine Heroes

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What were the driving forces behind American expansion in the nineteenth century, and what were its effects? Scholars watch a video, read biographies, engage in discussion, write journals and poetry, draw, and create a multimedia...
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Cumulative Review: Chapters 11-15

For Students 7th - 8th
If you've just covered a lot of territory in your social studies class and need a great cumulative review, look no further. Here is a hand out that includes 71 questions on 10 pages all related to slavery, the Civil War, Westward...
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Westward Ho!

For Teachers 5th - 9th
For any teacher of American History, The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a watershed event that should be shared with your students. This is a very good lesson on the Expedition, and the events that led up to it; including The Lousisiana...
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Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a activity, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science...
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Integrated Lesson Plan

For Teachers 4th - 5th
An ambitious and engaging lesson on the Westward Movement for your learners to enjoy! Groups of learners rotate between learning tasks such as learning about the Chislom Trail, Lewis and Clark, and the Gold Rush. A WebQuest is also...
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Life on the Great Plains

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers trace the characteristics and history of the Great Plains as portrayed in literature and art from the time of the Conquistadors through the early 20th century. They write letters exploring the viewpoints of Native...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners study pioneers on the Oregon Trail through a simulation. They will discover the supplies, choices, and modes of transportation while on the Oregon Trail. They also identify geography difficulties, weather...
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Bible Lesson: Wagons West

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students debate whether manifest destiny is right or wrong.  In this manifest destiny lesson plan, students discuss the westward movement and the role of manifest destiny as they focus on the Native Americans.  Students view the idea of...
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The Spanish-American War

For Students 8th - 11th
In this Spanish-American War learning exercise, students respond to 7 short answer questions about the war and define 6 terms that relate to the war.
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Westward Expansion Worksheet

For Students 8th - 12th
In this Westward Expansion worksheet, students respond to 63 short answer questions about Manifest Destiny and the U.S. expansion into the West.
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The Spanish – American War: A Just War?

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Spanish-American War worksheet, students identify 3 reasons the U.S. went to war with Spain and then write an essay regarding text that is not included.
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The People of Kansas: Who Are They and Why Are They Here?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine the settlement patterns of the Kansas Territory. In this Kansas history lesson, students analyze primary documents from the pioneers in the territory. Learners write letters or perform skits that feature their findings.
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Westward Expansion and the War with Mexico

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students evaluate primary sources to develop their own opinions about Westward Expansion. In this Manifest Destiny lesson, students examine and respond to questions about Gast's painting titled American Progress Students research how...
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American Biography: Tecumseh, Life in a Box, Antebellum Timeline, Pathfinder

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine historical documents. In this Tecumseh lesson, 5th graders investigate photographs and documents from the Library of Congress  that allow students to learn of Tecumseh's life and accomplishments.
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Fugitive Slave Act and Western Expansion

For Students 8th - 12th
For this U.S. history worksheet, students read articles about the Fugitive Slave Act and Western expansion. Students then respond to 14 short answer questions regarding the articles.
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Manifest Destiny

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Westward Expansion worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages which describe  Manifest Destiny and respond to 33 short answer questions.
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The Settlers are Coming, but the Natives are Here

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson plan, students participate in a classroom simulation and then write paper about how the Native Americans and settlers could keep...
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the implications of Manifest Destiny. In this Westward Expansion instructional activity, students view a PowerPoint presentation on the topic and then respond to questions based on the details of the presentation.
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Westward Expansion/19th Century Inventions

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine 19th century inventions that prompted Westward Expansion. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 6th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress that feature 19th century inventions. ...
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Images of the West

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students conduct research regarding the Native Americans that were forced from their...
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Indian Removal and Global Comparisons

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the forced movement of the Cherokee Nation. For this Indian Removal lesson, students discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny and its implications. Pupils analyze the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and compare it to similar...
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My Antonia

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore historical fiction. In this literature lesson, students read Willa Cather's My Antonia. Students focus on the chapter "Crisis and Conflict" as they participate in characterization, symbolism, and storytelling activities.
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The American West: Images of Its People

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this American West lesson, students examine photographs that reveal the cultural components of the West and then write narratives regarding the photographs.
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This Land is my Land-Westward Expansion During Reconstruction

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze policies regarding Native American territories during Westward Expansion. In this Reconstruction lesson plan, students research primary and secondary sources pertaining to the transfer of Native American land. Students...
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Leaving Home for the West - Why?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine primary sources regarding American movement to the west. In this westward expansion lesson, students create broadside posters based on the Homestead Act primary sources they research.
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Cowboy Word Search

For Students 1st - 5th
In this word puzzle worksheet, students locate and circle 20 cowboy-related words in a horse-shaped word search puzzle. A word bank is provided.
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Westward Expansion & Manifest Destiny (1)

For Students 9th - 12th
For this online interactive American history worksheet, high schoolers answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Westward Expansion & Manifest Destiny (2)

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive American history worksheet, students answer 10 multiple choice questions regarding Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Westward Expansion & Manifest Destiny (5)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history learning exercise, learners respond to 12 matching questions regarding Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. Students may check their answers immediately.
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Art and National Identity: Analyzing Painting and Literature from the Era of Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students begin the lesson by discussing the causes and effects of the movement west. Using primary sources, they develop their own definition for manifest destiny. In groups, they view examples of paintings and read poems on the topic. ...
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"Go West, Young Man!"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine reasons why people migrated west. They describe how the geography of the U.S. changed in the 19 th century and design a PowerPoint presentation to convey factors for westward expansion.
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Manifest Destiny and the Power of Perspective

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils examine the concept of Manifest Destiny and the United States. They analyze the Mexican War from the perspective of the Mexicans and the Indians. They write an essay about these different perspectives.
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Manifest Destiny and the Commercial Conquest of the United States

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils examine the role of commerce in the United States to help fulfill Manifest Destiny. They write commercials that could have been used by the Mexicans or Americans during the Mexican War.
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The People of Kansas: Where Did They Come From and Why Did They Come?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research and discuss the reasons why early settlers emigrated to Kansas. They, in groups, analyze census district reports from the 1850's and then identify the advantages and disadvantages of using this information as research.
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Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine how the Homestead Act impacted the economic opportunities of women. They research the Homestead Act, define Manifest Destiny, and prepare an exhibit that features an outstanding woman who lived or lives in their community.
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Panning for Gold

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students study the history of the American Gold Rush and its effects on prospector's lives, indigenous peoples, western expansion, and the U.S. and Candian economy. They image life as a hopeful prospector during the Gold Rush. Students...
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Fine Tuning a Nation: Using Cartoons

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students examine political cartoons to gain an understanding of the political issues that George Washington faced. In this historical perspectives lesson plan, students analyze political cartoons about the National Bank, the title...
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Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Did the Transcontinental Railroad connect the nation or divide it? Learners demonstrate their knowledge of the impact of the Transcontinental Railroad in a written assessment. The assessment also uses an original photo as a prompt for...
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Westward Expansion Packet

For Students 5th - 7th
What major trails were used for westward migration of the American people during the nineteenth century? With these worksheets, your young historians will use and analyze maps to discover more about the travels of Jedidiah Smith, and to...
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Art and Propaganda

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Explore the use of propaganda in art. In this visual arts lesson, analyze events from the American Revolution or Westward Expansion as they view artwork and read narrative accounts. Students explain how the artwork symbolically...
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Hollywood Squares: Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
After discussing social and political issues related to the Westward Expansion, play a game to review. Kids answer questions related to statehood, post-Civil War life, and the pioneers. There are nine questions total.
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Photography and the National Park Service

For Teachers 9th - 12th
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking.  Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a...
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The American Cowboy

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Middle Schoolers produce a class newspaper about the American cowboy and the times in which he lived with illustrations, feature stories and advertisements typical of the times. This is an ambitious, yet worthwhile project for youngsters...
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Visiting the Western Heritage Museum

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discover Westward expansion. They view a PowerPoint presentation on heritage in Omaha, go on a scavenger hunt, and visit a local museum. The scavenger hunt is used as a way to facilitate the museum experience. This lesson...
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Occupations on the Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Explore occupations during the Oregon Trail era. Young researchers define map vocabulary and use this information to identify geographical locations relevant to the common trades of the Westward expansion. They choose a trade and...
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Manifest Destiny

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America. Manifest Destiny, Texas Independence, the Oregon Trail, and the Mexican War are all...
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Historical Waters

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate America during the the 1800s. In this Social Studies lesson, students examine the Industrial Revolution, Westward Expansion, and other historical events that happened during the 1800s. Students compare and contrast...
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East Meets West: Americans on the Move

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the settlement of the Louisiana Territory. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students watch segments of the Discovery video "East Meets West: Americans on the Move". Students conduct further research pertaining to the...
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Cultural and Social Transformation since 1865

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers research the evolution of cultural and social issues in areas of Westward Expansion, Immigration, and Civil Rights. They practice writing clear details with supporting evidence and examples and evaluate ways of improving...
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Women and the Law Ladies of the 80's: 1780's, 1880's, 1980's

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Young scholars examine laws that have affected women in history: the 1780's, following the United States independence from England; the 1880's, the time of westward expansion, the silver/gold era, and the coming of the Industrial...
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Sunken Millions: The Way West

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Recover sunken treasure with this interactive PowerPoint! Break your class into two teams: the divers and the surfers. They'll work together to answer 20 multiple choice questions, reviewing major events that occurred during the 1800s....
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From a New Nation to a Divided Nation

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Quiz your students or prepare them for the big exam with this presentation. Included are 24 multiple choice questions related to Early American Government, The Colonial Period, Westward Expansion, and State Formation.
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Lesson One: The Three Perspectives on Native American Removal

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the impact of the Indian Removal Act.  In this US History lesson, 11th graders analyze primary resources. 
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American West Anagram

For Students 3rd - 4th
For this anagram worksheet, students unscramble the anagram activity to identify words related to the American West. Students unscramble 16 words.
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Las Vegas Mormon Fort

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars use maps, readings, letters, photos and drawings to identify why Mormons came to the Las Vegas area and what they hoped to accomplish by establishing an outpost. They consider the roles of early women pioneers and outline...
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The Road to California - A Journey to Freedom

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners complete a Web quest about Biddy Mason's journey Westward to California as a slave and her ultimate rise to one of the wealthiest and generous woman of the Westward Movement. They present an exhibit of their research.
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The People of Kansas

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate primary sources to experience first- hand accounts of Kansas pioneers. They write an historical fiction letter or skit based on territorial documents.
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The Deadly Equilibrium Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners read a narrative "The Domestic Slave Trade" and answer questions about states' slave trading. They read another narrative "Runaway Journey" and answer questions about runaway slaves. They discuss the impact of the slave trade on...
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Transcontinental Railroad

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explain the development of the American West following the Civil War. They also explore the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Pacific Railway Act of 1862. They also participate in a simulation about the American West.
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Westward Expansion Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What do you need when you're teaching a lesson on Westward Expansion? A vocabulary review list! Slides contain 20 terms that range from the Santa Fe Trail and Davey Crockett to the Vigilance Committee and the Oregon Trail. 
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Rocky Train Trek

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students research about America's westward movement and the effect of railroads on indigenous peoples, U.S. society, the environment, and the economy. They plan, map, and document an imaginary train journey across North America in the...
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Interesting Facts about the Historic Trails

For Students 6th - 8th
The Oregon trail is a very interesting part of American history. The class, having read or discussed the events leading to the westward expansion and settling of the Oregon Territory, can answer each of these fill-in-the-blank...
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Overland Trails To The West

For Teachers 5th
Consider the political, physical, and geographical factors that led to and marked the Westward Expansion. Learners will track the various routes developed during the 1800's. They create a first person journal describing what they see,...
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Removal of the Cherokees in Relation to Westward Expansion

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the concept of Manifest Destiny. In this Westward Expansion lesson plan,students examine primary and secondary, print and nonprint sources regarding the removal of the Cherokee.
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners locate California and New York on a map and explore available means of travel in the 19th century. Students explore the role of trade in pioneer America and simulate various barter transactions.
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When did the Pioneers come to Spanish Fork?

For Teachers 4th
Spanish Fork, Utah is the subject of this presentation. Students are shown many images and photographs of the city from its earliest days through the 1930's. Of particular interest are the images and stories of the battles with the local...
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The Louisiana Purchase and Lewis & Clark Expedition – “Its Importance"

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine what was gained in the Louisiana Purchase. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 7th graders research the Lewis and Clark Expedition using the selected electronic and print sources. Students also study maps produced...
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The United States’ Expansion West: Hostile Takeover or Manifest Destiny?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Westward Expansion lesson plan, students examine the impact of Manifest Destiny on Native Americans. Students compose...
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Westward Movement Smart Board

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students explore westward expansion in the United States. In this U.S. history lesson, students view a slide show presentation, and identify events and inventions depicted in the slides that were important to the growth of the United...
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Westward Movement

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the concept of philanthropy in historical context. In this Westward Movement lesson, students read Our Journey West and explain examples of settlers working together for the common good.
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BEGINNER LEVEL LESSON PLAN

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students are be able to analyze primary sources (photographs) for evidence of Native American culture and construct a cultural symbol. They are explained what the stars and stripes stand for on the American flag. Students work as...
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Music and Tall Tales

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine how cowboys lives have changed over the years. They also explore what a tall tale is and create their own.
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Food

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the types of foods eaten after the Civil War. They create their own cowboy style menu.
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Blazing the Western Trails

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read books about cowboys and complete several cowboy-related activities using the Internet. They work with a partner to develop a PowerPoint presentation that explains a particular rodeo event.
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Which Side Would You Be On?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders describe how the French and Indian War resulted in expansion of United States Territory and analyze information from two or more sources for agreements, contradictions, facts, and opinions.
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History of the Americas: Causes of the Civil War

For Students 8th - 12th
In this American Civil War worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages about the causes of the war and then respond to 35 short answer questions about how the war began.
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students explore the idea of "manifest destiny" by viewing a slide-show. For this U.S. geography lesson, students identify the reasons men and women traveled to the west coast during the early 1800s. Students view a PowerPoint slide-show...
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition

For Teachers K - 4th
Learners travel with Lewis and Clark. In this Westward Expansion activity, students trace the expedition routes and examine images of the expedition. Learners discuss their impressions and then write journal entries.
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The Western Migration Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine the western migration in the United States in the early 19th century and identify the factors that caused the migration as well as how government adapted to meet the needs of an expanding country.
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Migration to the Great Lakes States

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discover the reasons why people migrated to the Midwestern portion of the United States. In this Midwest migration lesson, 4th graders study vocabulary associated with the lesson, watch two videos, and draw pictures of the...
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Westward Expansion and the Frontier

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore U.S. history by researching a historic map. For this westward expansion lesson, students discuss the mystery of the western U.S. in the early 1800's and the impact expansion had on Native Americans and agriculture....
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Getting the Point!

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore the American cattle industry history. In this United States history and reading comprehension cross curriculum lesson, students read an article about the history of longhorn cattle, then answer comprehension questions on...
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Frontier Forts

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study frontier forts. In this Kansas history lesson plan, 7th graders research the history and conditions of Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, Fort Riley, Fort Larned, and Fort Hays. Students write letters from the...
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Free Land

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students investigate the impact of the passage of the Homestead Act. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students visit selected websites to examine the lives of Americans who settled the American frontier.
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Pioneer America: Legendary Westerners - Can One Person Really Make a Difference?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research famous Americans from the Westward Movement and complete an interview. For this Westward Movement lesson, 4th graders work in pairs to research someone who was important during this time period. They prepare and...
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Who is Who in the Old West

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners use primary sources to identify those who impacted the Old West. In this American West lesson, students research the contributions of miners, ranchers, Native Americans, Chinese, African Americans, and railroad builders in the...
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Mark Twain and the American West

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students analyze Mark Twain's "Western" voice. In this literature lesson, students read Roughing It by Twain and watch "The West." Students examine Twain's history and compare it to the history of America's developing West. Students...
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Buying, Selling, and Trading in Antebellum South Carolina

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the role of general stores in the development of communities. In this South Carolina history instructional activity, students study the economic development of early U.S. communities. Students write essays and create...
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U.S. Geography: The West

For Teachers K - 5th
Young scholars explore the national parks of the American West. In this geography skills instructional activity, students watch "U.S. Geography: The West," and examine print and Internet sources about the national parks found there....
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Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine Lewis and Clark. In this American explorers lesson, 9th graders use the Library of Congress Web-site to access and analyze primary sources that enable them to understand the process and concepts behind the...
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Pioneer Life

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore pioneer life. In this colonial history lesson, 5th graders research, design and build a display of various aspects of the pioneer lifestyle including food, clothing, housing and occupations.
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On the Trail with Lewis and Clark: Native Experiences in the Pacific Northwest

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students explore the importance of Lewis & Clark's Expedition.  In this history lesson, students analyze and discuss information about the expansion of the West, then complete multiple activities that focus on this topic.
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Westward Expansion- How U.S. took possession of its land areas and effects on natives when settled

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use textbooks and other resources to understand the westward expansion of the US and the influences and effects that it had on American culture.
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Busting the Prairie: Planning a Homestead Community

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars research, design and advertise a homestead community. This is an extensive lesson with a variety of ativities and learning experiences.
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Into the Wild: Settling the South Carolina Backcountry

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders select their own plot of land in the Backcountry to settle in the 1700s in SC.  Students first find a point for settlement and sketch out the best route from the Lowcountry to arrive at the point.  They then draw out a...
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Transcontinental Railroad Web Quest

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine aspects of the Transcontinental Railroad. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students conduct a web-quest in order to gather information about the Transcontinental Railroad. Students will use their information to analyze...
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Moving West

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students research the Westward Movement and struggles encountered by the pioneers as they moved from Nebraska, Westward along the Oregon Trail. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students read an Oregon Trail poem and visit 5 different...
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Analyzing Images of the West

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Learners analyse primary sources to understand the political climate and perspectives surrounding Westward expansion. In this lesson on the Westward movement, students will engage in one our of three suggested projects. Learners will...
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Whose Manifest Destiny?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students examine the Westward expansion. In this North American settlers lesson, students will view a PowerPoint presentation and answer critical thinking questions. Students will write an essay that analyzes the impact of westward...
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Sectionalism

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Learners examine sectionalism. In this sectionalism instructional activity, students explore reasons sectionalism developed. Learners realize the conflicts that led to the Civil War and how sectionalism affected citizens on the border of...
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Lasso Nametages

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Learners practice learning how to spell and write their names.  In this letter recognition and writing lesson, students listen to a book entitled, "Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp."  Learners work on creating lasso name tags in which they...
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Dangers of the West

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the American West. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 8th graders examine primary sources to investigate the dangers travelling to and settling in the American West. Students design brochures that would help those...
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Balance of Nature and the Westward Movement

For Teachers 1st
In this U.S. history instructional activity, 1st graders study the westward expansion movement of the mid-1800's. Students use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast a modern road trip to the methods of travel in the days of the...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars explore the Westward Expansion Movement of U.S. history. In this Westward movement lesson, students use primary and secondary source documents research personal accounts of those who travelled west during the era. Young...
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The Wild, Wild West, or Was It?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the American West. For this Westward Expansion lesson, 5th graders examine the opportunities that the West offered American pioneers. Students watch a montage video and analyze primary documents regarding the topic.
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Report to Congress on Our Expedition

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners research in small groups to locate information on the outcomes and observations made during the Lewis and Clark expedition. In this westerns expansion lesson, students role play their findings as though they were reporting to...
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Exploring Pioneer America

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research pioneers who had a strong influence on westward expansion. In this westward expansion lesson, 4th graders write an essay about four pioneers and an interview script about one. Students work in pairs to present...
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Deserts, Plains, and Mountains; oh my! Westward Migration

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the early U.S. west. For this westward migration lesson, 4th graders participate in 6 classroom activities that require them to research and experience the westward expansion of the United States.
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African-Americans in the American West

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Secondary learners explore the westward movement of African Americans. Segmented into four time periods, the lesson plan provides an overview of how African Americans experienced westward expansion. Learners view PBS specials on the...
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The Westward Movement

For Teachers Pre-K - 8th
Students study the westward movement through examining stamps. In this westward movement lesson plan, students draw conclusions, determine cause and effect relationships and examine the westward movement of the United States by...
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Oregon Trail Journal

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders participate in Oregon Trail simulation to travel along Oregon Trail and reflect on their journey, use built-in diary to record and expand on their experiences along Trail, and create map depicting their route, rivers,...
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Debunking the Myth of the American West

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students participate in a close reading. They examine the text closely for implied and hidden meaning, dissect the story to understand the text as a written craft, and discuss significant details and overall meaning of story. They...
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Industrial Revolution in America: Exploring the Effects of the Heat Engine on the Growth of Cities

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the reasons for the growth of cities in North American. Using the internet, they research the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution and determine if the growth of cities is a sign of progress. They...
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In the Footprints of Lewis and Clark: 19th Century Artists -- Depictions of Native Americans

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders read excerpts of "Undaunted Courage" by Stephen Ambrose. As a class, they view slides of artwork from the time period of westward expansion and Native Americans, write their reactions and share them with the class. To...
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Images of Cowboys

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the image of the cowboy that is presented in popular culture. Students read about Native American, African American, Mexican, and Canadian Cowboys. For homework, they analyze a classroom textbook's depiction of cowboys.
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Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the DonnerParty

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore westward movement through eyes of doll belonging to Patty Reed, member of Donner Party. They write journal entries from points of view of characters in book, Patty Reed's Doll, participate in Pack the Wagon game, and...
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Economic Choices for Exploring the Fronteir

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explain the hardship of economic limitations in Westward Expansion . They describe the effects of fluctuations in supply and demand. They put themselves in the place of pioneers hoping to build a homestead.
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Intermediate Level Lesson Plan THEMATIC ESSAY

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify three reasons why conflict arose in the Western United States during the late 1800s. Using specific examples, discuss how the United States government attempted to resolve these conflicts. Evaluate whether these...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create a brochure outlining what he or she has studied throughout the unit. The brochure contains evidence that Students have understood and mastered the answers to the essential questions.
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History of the American West

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders investigate the period time known as the "American West." They conduct research using primary and secondary sources, watch the movie "Donner Party" and the mini-series "Into the West," and write a report.
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Westward Ho!

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders use a minimum of three maps of Kansas developed during the 1800's. They plot five major settlements that developed near water sources. Students brainstorm reason settlements may have developed near water sources.
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Raton Pass and Glorieta Battlefield

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students complete a variety of activities that go along with the study of and possible fieldtrip to Raton Pass and Glorieta Battlefield on the Sante Fe Trail in New Mexico.
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Westmoreland Trail

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders complete a unit of lessons on the Westward expansion of the U.S. They play the computer game, Oregon Trail III, read primary source documents, conduct Internet research, write diary entries from the pioneer viewpoint, and...
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Mapping Your Way Out West: A Stamp of Approval

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the relationship between people, places, and the environment during the Westward Expansion of the US. They identify geographical landforms and features encountered by the pioneers during this time period.
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The Wild, Wild West

For Teachers 6th
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.
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America's First Peoples

For Teachers 1st - 8th
Students research the plight of the Native American as they were affected by Manifest Destiny. They create an artifact that might have been left by a specific Native American tribe as they were forced out of their homeland.
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The Road To California

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read and explore the story of "Biddy Mason", they that, unlike a novel, the history of the West has more than one beginning, middle, and end.
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The Homestead Act of 1862

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, in groups, study the Homestead Act. Each group studies a region of the country in the 1840s: the North, the South, and the West. Ask each group to research and write their region's position on the homestead issue.
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African Americans and the Move West

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the phases of westward migration in the United States during the 19th century focusing on the incentives that led many African Americans to make the move.
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At The Western Frontier

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss the differences between myths and facts. They examine myths and facts found in movies about the old west. They write an essay that explains how facts differ from myths.
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Skagway: Gateway to the Klondike

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the impact of the Klondike Gold Rush on the development of Skagway, Alaska. Lesson can be used in units on western expansion, late 19th and early 20th-century commerce, and urban history.
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An Orderly Wagon Train Migration

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders work in small groups to organize a wagon train for a trek westward. They determine leadership responsibilities and rules needed to make a successful trek.
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The Brief American Pageant: Forging the National Economy 1790-1860

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Presented here is a series of maps showing demographics, expansions routes, and economic hot spots of the late 1700's. No text is available to reference, but it is likely that this slide show is meant to accompany a Houghton Mifflin high...
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Making a Brand for Ourselves the "Cowboy" Way

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students explore cowboys. In this social studies lesson, students read stories about cowboys and write an Add-a-Word poem. Students discuss how cowboys of today differ from those in the 1880's. Students discuss cattle drives and...
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Westward Expansion Unit - Lesson 1

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners research the Westward Expansion. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students look at how America expanded from 1801 to 1861. They look at the motivations for land purchases and movement and the trails people took. 
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Cattle Drive Research

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research the live of cowboys in 18th Century America. In this cattle drive lesson, students locate a variety of online resources and take notes.  Students compile notes and write a brief report. 
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students explore the west coast of the U.S. by viewing photographs in a slide-show. In this U.S. geography lesson, students discuss "manifest destiny" and the idea of expanding the U.S. back in the 1800's. Students view a PowerPoint...
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Westward Expansion: The American Indian Experience

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners study history. In this American Indian instructional activity, students discover the impact the Westward Expansion of the 1800's had on the tribes at that time. They discuss this as a class and pick a specific person of that...
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Building New Lives: The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the Oregon Trail. In this social studies lesson, 3rd graders read about the Oregon Trail and view an interactive flip chart. Students match vocabulary words with their meanings.
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Manifest Destiny Questions

For Students 8th - 11th
In this Westward Expansion worksheet, students respond to 7 short answer questions about America's vision of Manifest Destiny and its effects.
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Wagon's West: Life on the Trail

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students investigate what life on the Oregon Trail was like. In this Westward Movement lesson, students eat foods that were eaten by settlers on the trail as they read textbook pages about the trial. Students then draw an Oregon Trail...