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I created this writing and research assignment to go along with my CKLA Westward Expansion unit. Or fourth grade teacher used it along with her Oregon Trail Unit. It includes an article about the Transcontinental Railroad, Levis Jeans, Pony Express, Telegraph, and Steamboat. Each article includes several pictures and vary from a second grade reading level to fourth.
The second document is the form for adding specific information about one invention. There is also a template for creating a introduction paragraph, two information paragraphs, an opinion paragraph, and a conclusion.
I have also included links to youtube videos about each one of the inventions to further student's understanding.