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Postcards From the American West
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...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Who is Who in the Old West
Learners use primary sources to identify those who impacted the Old West. In this American West lesson plan, students research the contributions of miners, ranchers, Native Americans, Chinese, African Americans, and railroad builders in...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Out Where the West Begins
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.
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The New West: The Gold Rush
Take your class back to the New West and the times of the Gold Rush, with a great slide show. They'll find wonderful images and lots of easy-to-read informational text describing everything from boom towns to The Battle of Little Big...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Mark Twain and the American West
Young scholars analyze Mark Twain's "Western" voice. In this literature lesson, students read Roughing It by Twain and watch "The West." Young scholars examine Twain's history and compare it to the history of America's developing West....
8th - 12th English Language Arts