American West in the 1800s

This American West in the 1800s activity & project also includes:

To establish a context for an assessment or a study of pioneers and the American frontier in the 1800s, groups examine photos and record observations about clothing, housing, and travel.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Consider flipping the lesson and asking groups to determine the setting, including the time period and location, by drawing conclusions from the photographs
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed to prepare learners for the 1800s Performance Task

  • The activity provides all learners with the context and background information they need so that they can successfully demonstrate skills in an assessment situation
  • The photos are included in the packet

  • Some learners may find the format of the lesson as presented too rigid