Gunfighters of the Old West
Students identify, through specific character traits, several of the major gunfighters of the Old West. They create a new composite character from preexisting and famous persons and their own imagination.
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Westward Expansion and the Frontier
Students explore U.S. history by researching a historic map. In this westward expansion instructional activity, students discuss the mystery of the western U.S. in the early 1800's and the impact expansion had on Native Americans and...
6th - 9th Visual & Performing Arts
Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid
Your class can think about the American Old West as they listen for dynamics, articulation, rhythm, and tempo in the Aaron Copland song, "Billy The Kid." They'll explore how Copland uses music to create an image of life for an outlaw in...
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Analyzing Primary and Secondary Sources to Assess the Decisions and Policies of Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and the U.S. Government
Students examine U.S. policies regarding Native Americans. In this Native American history instructional activity, students analyze provided primary and secondary sources concerning Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and the Dawes Act. Students...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
In the Footprints of Lewis and Clark: 19th Century Artists -- Depictions of Native Americans
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...
8th Visual & Performing Arts
How The West Was Won - Westward Expansion
Eleventh graders research noteable people from the West and create a trading card with facts. Students define major events and battles relating to the Indian Wars from 1860-1890 and label those events in chronological order. They...
11th Social Studies & History