Westward Expansion Historical Person Nonfiction Article Research & Writing Unit

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Amy Mezni - Teaching Ideas 4u
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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Westward Expansion Nonfiction Article Research & Writing Unit (PDF & Google Slides)

In this integrated unit, students select a person from the Westward Expansion time period to research. After the research is completed, students plan and write an article about their selected person.

The unit meets standards for informational reading, research & informative writing, and westward expansion in social studies.

This is a complete unit that includes everything needed for students to organize their research (except materials such as sources, index cards, etc.) The unit comes in both PDF and Google Slides formats.


Teachers introduce the research project and the class completes a mini-lesson on Comparing Genres (Historical Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, & Nonfiction), then students select a person of their choice (with teacher approval) to research.

If needed, teachers use the included mini-lessons on taking research notes and writing a bibliography.

After completing the research, teachers can have students plan their article using the Planning the Interview page.

Other resources are included: student project checklist, social studies rubric, and informative writing rubric.


Everything needed is included - just print and go! This resource includes:

  • Suggested Lesson Plans, including suggested ways to differentiate activities
  • Suggested Standards Covered
  • Anchor Chart (printable pieces) for Comparing Genres
  • Student Anchor Chart Page for Comparing Genres
  • Project Direction Pages
  • Taking Notes Mini-Lesson
  • Bibliography Mini-Lesson
  • Planning the Article Page
  • Student Final Project Checklist
  • Informative Writing Rubric
  • Social Studies Rubric

The length this unit takes will depend upon how long students take to research and write their interviews. Teachers may also choose to have students perform or record their interviews. I estimate up to 10 periods of 30 minute sessions.

Teachers should adapt this project as needed to fit their grade level and student ability-levels.


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Total Pages
59 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


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