Mapping the Wild West and Urban East- AP US History students need a firm handle on geography. Although maps for memorization are frequently used, the AP test will not require that students be able to list and identify geographical features.
This lesson is designed to review 19th century events and practice historical thinking skills of cause, effect, and contextualization, while simultaneously reviewing the basic geography of the region. The activity could be used as pre-assessment review or as a pre-teaching tool for the time period.
• Learning Objectives: WXT-3, WXT-5 WXT-6, WXT-7, CUL-3, CUL-5, ENV-5, PEO-3, PEO-5, PEO-6, POL-3, POL-6, ID-6, ID-7,
• Historical Thinking Skills: contextualization, crafting argument, historical interpretation and synthesis
• Key Concepts in the Curricular Framework: 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1,
• Photocopy the maps and chart for students
• Divide students into small groups. Groups use textbooks or internet resources to read and synthesize information about the events listed on the chart. Students construct sentences that identify the causes and effects of specific events or phenomenon in the larger context of American history.
• As a class check student answers. Allow for student groups to have different interpretations of the same events and tie this to the concept of historical perspective.
• As individuals, have students complete their maps, identifying and labeling the colonies and placing the symbols in the appropriate places.
• Use the discussion questions at the end as an assessment or to direct class conversation.