Westward Expansion

Grab the popcorn and take a seat for a Hollywood premier! Eighth graders grasp the concepts behind Westward Expansion and create engaging videos by working through a set of 18 engaging tasks. They also hone their technology, social studies, and public speaking skills, making the lesson adaptable for cross-curricular instruction.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Differentiate this lesson for GATE learners by asking them to storyboard an epilogue of how their assigned event affects American culture today
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure each pupil has available materials about Westward Expansion from textbooks, suggested Internet sites, etc. 
  • Ensure that there is adequate editing software and computer hardware for young scholars
Pros
  • Resource provides all supporting materials, including example videos
  • The lesson plan also offers tips for differentiating learning
Cons
  • None