This activity is part of my full Unit bundle for westward movement and expansion!
An authentic inquiry for the real world classroom
Students investigate the events relating to Westward Movement in the United States and discuss the impact of westward movement – through an essay. The students will investigate many voices of this time period through primary sources. This inquiry combines hands on interactive investigations with critical thinking and assessment. My students love this unit! You can see each lesson included in the inquiry through the previews above.
The following topics are covered within this inquiry:
The Manifest Destiny | The Texas Independence | The Oregon Trail | Mormon Trail Pioneers | The Mexican War | The Oregon Country | The Mexican Cession | The Gold Rush 49ers | The Louisiana Purchase | The Adams-Onis Treaty
If you teach in New York state, this assessment is geared towards preparing students for the new Regents exam by teaching them about assessing the reliability of primary sources and comparing points of view. Students also have to utilize evidence from primary and secondary sources to argue a claim in their essays.
The lesson is linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
7.6 WESTWARD EXPANSION: Driven by political and economic motives, the United States expanded its physical boundaries to the Pacific Ocean between 1800 and 1860. This settlement displaced Native Americans as the frontier was pushed westward.
7.6b.1 – Students will compare and evaluate the ways in which Florida, Texas, and territories from the Mexican Cession were acquired by the United States.
7.6c.5 – Students will examine the ways westward movement affected the lives of women.
This zip file includes a PowerPoint version (fully editable), a link to a Google Slides version, and a PDF version.
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