This product is an entire unit for western expansion. There are 26 resources using a variety of activities. There are summary readings, PowerPoints and note-taking guides, real webquests, other web activities, narratives, maps for labeling and coloring, primary source analyzing handouts, and a project. There are 134 pages and, depending on how you present the lesson, it should take you 3-4 weeks to complete the unit. This has everything you need to teach about western expansion in the United States.
Louisiana Purchase: Summary Reading and Illustration assignment (students draw the timeline of events)
Lewis and Clark: Web Activity, PowerPoint and Note Guide
Nationalism, Sectionalism and Compromise: PowerPoint, Note Guide and Missouri Compromise Map – How did Americans feel about where they lived? How did the issue of slavery affect the westward movement?
Texas Revolution: PowerPoint and Note Guide – Why did Americans want to go to Texas? What did they have to abide to in order to stay? Why was there trouble between the American settlers and the Mexican government?
The Alamo: Web Activity – Who was in the Alamo? What occurred there?
Mexican-American War: Web Activity, PowerPoint and Note Guide, Map – How did the war start/end? What was the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo?
Manifest Destiny – Two Primary Source Documents (analyzing handouts), PowerPoint – What is going on in the painting American Progress? Read primary source words from the man who coined the term “manifest destiny.”
Pioneers: PowerPoint and Note Guide Why did certain group become pioneers? What was their legacy in the west?
Homestead Act: Summary Reading and Questions
Gold Rush Narratives – What was it really like? Students read actual words of 49ers and respond to questions
Oregon Trail Webquest – A REAL webquest activity
49er Webquest – A REAL webquest activity
Pioneer Brochure Project – A PowerPoint that discusses the hazards, modes of transportation, and supplies needed to make the journey. Student then make their own Pioneer Brochure!
Map – From Sea to Shining Sea for coloring and labeling showing how the U.S. got its shape!
I have included an instruction page to show you how I deliver the information.
Thanks for stopping by!
I would love to hear from you when you get a chance.
Get free stuff! Did you know that you get TPT credit for every dollar you spend after you comment on a purchase? It's an easy and inexpensive way to add to your teaching toolbox!