Westward Expansion Government and Politics Teacher Resources

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Becoming Us

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
The mission statement of the National Museum of American History’s Becoming US: Teaching Immigration and Migration History in the 21st Century series is to provide “educational resources for high school teachers and students to learn...
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Becoming Us: Borderlands

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Three case studies make up a unit the looks at the power contentions and exchanges in the borderlands that have shaped the United States. The first case study focuses on creating the US southern border and the experiences of people...
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Hollywood Squares: Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
After discussing social and political issues related to the Westward Expansion, play a game to review. Kids answer questions related to statehood, post-Civil War life, and the pioneers. There are nine questions total.
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Westward Expansion- How U.S. took possession of its land areas and effects on natives when settled

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students use textbooks and other resources to understand the westward expansion of the US and the influences and effects that it had on American culture.
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Art and Propaganda

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Explore the use of propaganda in art. In this visual arts lesson, analyze events from the American Revolution or Westward Expansion as they view artwork and read narrative accounts. Students explain how the artwork symbolically...
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Photography and the National Park Service

For Teachers 9th - 12th
During the 1800s the United States was expanding westward; land was there for the taking.  Kids explore how some early photographers used their photography to influenced the US Congress to save areas like Mirror Lake. They complete a...
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Westward Expansion Vocabulary

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Here is a nice set of worksheets that your kids can use while studying the fascinating period of Westward Expansion in the United States. Types of worksheets include a vocabulary quiz, acrostic poem handout, reading comprehension, word...
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This Land is my Land-Westward Expansion During Reconstruction

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze policies regarding Native American territories during Westward Expansion. In this Reconstruction lesson, students research primary and secondary sources pertaining to the transfer of Native American land. Students take...
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Understanding Political Cartoons

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students draw two political cartoons. They compare the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890 to the stand-off that took place at Wounded Knee in l973. They examine the role that Manifest Destiny played in the West.
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Fine Tuning a Nation: Using Cartoons

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students examine political cartoons to gain an understanding of the political issues that George Washington faced. In this historical perspectives lesson, students analyze political cartoons about the National Bank, the title presidents,...
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Overland Trails To The West

For Teachers 5th
Consider the political, physical, and geographical factors that led to and marked the Westward Expansion. Learners will track the various routes developed during the 1800's. They create a first person journal describing what they see,...
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Colonial North America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Showcase the religion, conflicts, daily life, and politics of Colonial North America. A very well-done presentation highlights all the major colonial groups, social norms, demographics, and political struggles of the time. Perfect for an...
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Big Cities and Big Problems: Industrialization and Westward Expansion in America

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore life in America from 1877 to the present. In this American history lesson, 7th graders investigate multimedia sources in order to examine governmental control of urban development. Links are provided to Library...
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Chapter 3 – Antebellum Innovation, Politics, and the Jackson Administration

For Students 8th - 12th
The inter-war Antebellum Era was a fascinating time in U.S. History! In this textbook response activity, historians read assigned textbook pages regarding the topics and respond to 46 short answer display questions regarding the...
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The Road to California - A Journey to Freedom

For Teachers K - 5th
Students complete a Web quest about Biddy Mason's journey Westward to California as a slave and her ultimate rise to one of the wealthiest and generous woman of the Westward Movement. They present an exhibit of their research.
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Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the economic, political, racial, and religious roots of Manifest Destiny. They read articles and analyze how the concept influenced the nation's westward expansion. Students discover the motivations and expectations of...
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Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover how manifest destiny and westward expansion are related. Using the Internet, they research the beginnings of the movement of manifest destiny and how it influenced people moving westward. They discuss the expectations...
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Analyzing Images of the West

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars analyse primary sources to understand the political climate and perspectives surrounding Westward expansion. In this instructional activity on the Westward movement, students will engage in one our of three suggested...
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Dangers of the West

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the American West. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 8th graders examine primary sources to investigate the dangers travelling to and settling in the American West. Students design brochures that would help those...
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The Path to Women’s Suffrage

For Teachers 7th
The Path to Women's Suffrage unit focuses on how Western Expansion was instrumental in gaining women the right to vote through the Nineteenth Amendment. Young historians analyze maps, examine primary source documents, and create a...
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Study Guide: The Age of Jackson

For Students 9th - 11th
Prepare your class for an exam on the age of Jackson. Not Michael Jackson, Andrew Jackson. Pupils' focus will be guided by 40 different prompts that have them looking up vocabulary words, cross-referencing important names and events, and...
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Westward Expansion

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a closer look into the American movement to the wild west during the late nineteenth century and the drastic consequences this had for native populations. The video discusses the importance of the transcontinental railroad in...
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Guardians of the West

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discover the role of American buffalo in Westward Expansion. For this Westward Expansion lesson, 8th graders examine primary and secondary sources in order to create a cause and effect chart that features the treatment of...
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Lewis and Clark: Meeting the Indians of the Northwest

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the relationships forged with Native Americans by Lewis and Clark. In this Westward Expansion instructional activity, 8th graders research digital and print sources to study details regarding the Native American...