The Impact of Westward Expansion on Native American Communities

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Although Westward Expansion is often romanticized, its impact was devastating on Native American communities. Primary source documents, including pictures of United States troops invading indigenous lands and Native American tribes, tell the story. Learners sort the documents into chronological order using an interactive timeline feature and describe the impact on the land's original inhabitants.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use to supplement instruction of Westward Expansion
  • Develop a discussion based on the activity about the impact of Westward Expansion on native peoples
Classroom Considerations
  • Can be paired with related activities from the National Archives "Docs Teach" series
  • Primary sources help pupils focus on Native American history
  • Interactive tool is engaging and builds primary source skills
  • None