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50 resources with the keyterm american west

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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 Primary Source

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore primary and secondary sources. In this historical research lesson plan, students use the internet to find sources of information . Students describe what information they gained from the document or program.
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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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The American West: Images of Its People

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary resources. In this American West lesson plan, students examine photographs that reveal the cultural components of the West and then write narratives regarding the...
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American West Anagram

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this anagram instructional activity, students unscramble the anagram activity to identify words related to the American West. Students unscramble 16 words.
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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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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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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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Who is Who in the Old West

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students 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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U.S. Geography: The West

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners explore the national parks of the American West. For this geography skills lesson, students watch "U.S. Geography: The West," and examine print and Internet sources about the national parks found there. Learners feature their...
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Debunking the Myth of the American West

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars 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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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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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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Iconic Figures of the American West

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students examine the Italian-Western films to explore  the icons of the American West. In this American  West lesson, students examine western films to investigate the American West and its icons. Students create a persuasive...
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Teaching American History Project Lesson

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the history of the American West. In this United States history lesson, 5th graders complete 6 activities to learn about the American West. Students research the Oregon and California Trails, the Donner Party, Kit...
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The Wild, Wild West

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore the American West. In this American history lesson, 6th graders use propaganda to create a poster advertising the use of the Transcontinental Railroad to head West.
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Mail, Migration, and Myth in the American West

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore communication methods in the American West. In this History of the American West lesson plan, students discover facts and myths about the time period and the methods of communication used in the 19th century. Students...
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American West: Lawlessness and Violence

For Students 5th - 6th
In this American West worksheet, students read about the reasons for lawlessness and violence in the American West. Students learn about geographical factors, political factors, economic factors, social factors, values, and attitudes.
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Brigham Young Leads Mormons West

For Students 5th - 6th
In these American West worksheets, students read passages about Brigham Young leading the Mormons west. Students then answer 9 questions about the text.
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Surviving the Plains

For Students 6th - 7th
In this American West instructional activity, students solve 10 anagrams to find problems faced by the homesteaders. Students fill out a chart with these problems, descriptions, and solutions.
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Homesteaders Push and Pull

For Students 5th - 6th
In this American West worksheet, students review the factors that made the homesteaders leave their homes in the East to live in the plains. Students sort the factors into push and pull factor categories.
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Whites' Opinions of Indians Crossword

For Students 5th - 6th
In this crossword puzzle worksheet, students read the clues about the white people's opinions of the Indians during the expansion west. Students complete the puzzle with 11 terms.
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Native American and White Settler Lifestyle

For Students 5th - 6th
For this American West worksheet, learners review the lifestyles for the Native Americans and the white settlers. Students determine why there would be conflict between the groups based on the lifestyles.
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Mountain Men Crossword

For Students 5th - 6th
For this crossword puzzle worksheet, students read the clues related to the mountain men of the American West. Students complete the 10-question puzzle.