The Homestead Act

To understand how the Homestead Act of 1862 changed the US and the lives of the people during that time, class members examine primary source materials including letters, broadsides, and images. They then assume the voice of a homesteader and write a letter to people back home describing their experience.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups expand the lesson and research Exodusters and Nicodemus, Kansas
Classroom Considerations

  • Much of the background information is delivered in a lecture format

  • The packet includes the lesson plan and links to all required materials

  • None