The Homestead Act and Populism – Students follow the life of a homesteader


Students will step into the shoes of a daring homesteader and buckle up for a wild ride through the trials and triumphs of pioneering life! Get ready to unravel the mystery behind the Homestead Act and journey through five gripping years of the homesteading struggle by following the life of a real homesteader!


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In this lesson, students experience the trials and tribulations of homesteading by following the experiences of a homesteader. They will learn about the significance of the Homestead Act, and then they’ll follow five years of homesteading life to see the difficulties of homesteading. As a culminating activity, students will learn about Populism and connect that topic to the experience of homesteading. This lesson requires in-class participation and it cannot be made digital. You can see more in the preview here – Homesteading and Populism

Included in this resource:

  • Classroom Presentation – Made to be utilized in an in-class situation with students. This lesson requires in-class participation and it cannot be made digital. – Google Slides link (located in lesson plan)
  • Handout for Students – Printable version that is made to coordinate with the classroom presentation – (PDF, Google Slides link, and PowerPoint)
  • Lesson Plan for implementation

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