What a Deal! The Homestead Act of 1862
Learners explore the aspects of American Westward expansion and familiarize themselves with the Homestead Act of 1862. They re-enact the process of land acquisition as laid out by the Homestead Act of 1862 using role-playing groups.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 12 Downloads
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
Not Getting the News about the Stamp Act
How did American colonists react to the Stamp Act of 1765? Your young historians will examine primary source material by reading excerpts from a transcription of the Pennsylvania Gazette and then identifying the sentiments expressed by...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
America’s Indian Removal Policies: Tales and Trails of Betrayal
Examine the perspectives, cultural clashes, and historical implications of Indian removal policies in the United States during the 1930s. Your young historians will closely examine primary sources and engage in insightful discussions on...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Seeking Historical Detectives to Discover Who Was John Brown?
Young historians act as detectives in order to examine the characteristics of controversial abolitionist John Brown in the 1850s, working to identify his ultimate mission regarding slavery and the larger impact he had on the Civil War.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Indian Removal and Forced Assimilation
It can be difficult to describe the removal and forced assimilation of indians during Andrew Jackson's presidency to a class. Reading the manuscript of the Indian Removal Act and analyzing photographs and political cartoons from the time...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Tragedy, Triumph, or Trespass?
Did westward expansion really live up to the dream of adventurers for a new life and opportunities for land and resources? While designed for a flipped classroom, try using this resource to evaluate primary sources alongside your class!...
8th - 10th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Westward Expansion: Image and Reality
As your young historians study Westward Expansion, practice in-depth primary source analysis with the documents and guidelines presented in this resource. They will examine a lithograph and excerpts from two letters written by a Nebraska...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable