Homestead Act. Great Plains. Sodbusters.
Lesson 2 of The American West Unit: **CAN BE ALTERED!** Great Plains & Homestead Act
This engaging and visually appealing 28-slide PowerPoint presentation is easy to understand with content illustrated with charts and pictures.
Overarching Question for this presentation (Thinking Focus Question):
- How did cattle ranchers and farmers adapt to life in the West?
This PowerPoint presentation examines:
- Longhorn cattle, how it arrived in Texas and why this breed was the favorite of cattle ranchers
- The effect the Missouri Pacific Railroad had on transporting beef to market
- Cattle drives: how cattle was brought to market
- The life of a cowhand and what type of men became cowhands
- The Cattle Kingdom, what is was and why it died out
- The Homestead Act of 1862, how much land was given and the requirements to own land
- How the Homestead Act benefitted women, immigrants and African Americans
- A map showing where the Great Plains is located
- Climate challenges when farming in the Great Plains
- Men and women’s roles on the Great Plains
- Sodbusters: how these farmers got the name and their unique way of farming
- Dry farming difficulties
- The Oklahoma land rush
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This PowerPoint presentation and graphic organizer is part of the unit: The American West. This unit can be downloaded in its entirety saving you substantially what it would cost you to buy each PowerPoint presentation and graphic organizer separately. Each lesson comes with a visually appealing PowerPoint presentation (and pdf version) and three graphic organizer notebook pages – separate answer key included!
Here are other lessons in this unit you may be interested in:
Lesson 1: Mining Boom & Transcontinental RR
Lesson 2: Great Plains & Homestead Act
Lesson 3: Fetterman Massacre Treaty of Fort Laramie
Lesson 4: Little Bighorn Dawes Act Wounded Knee
Lesson 5: National Grange Populist Party
UNIT: The American West 1858-1896
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