Welcome to Westward Expansion. This unit provides a thorough study of westward expansion using a cooperative learning model. It challenges the students through a Historical-Pictorial Map Project. The project involves map production, research, note taking, writing skills, artistic skills, working with someone else, and project organization. There are four parts to the unit. In the first (2) parts, the students will work individually while the last (2) parts involve working with a partner. The majority of the work will grade the students as individuals with minimum points going to group work. I would assign the reading of their textbook chapter on westward expansion so the students are introduced to the topic.
PART #1 involves producing a physical-political map of Westward Expansion. The student directions are comprehensive and will give you insight into what they are doing. For this part, there is a sample map for them to use. You will need to furnish larger paper for them to enlarge & reproduce the map. Their textbook or other map resources should include maps that point out the physical and political features needed for them to complete the details on the map. The details are basic to Westward Expansion.
PART #2 challenges the students with researching ten events about Westward Expansion. After reading about and researching the topic, the students should have an accurate picture of Westward Expansion.
PART #3 asks the students to design illustrations for their maps. The students will need markers or crayons to complete their work. If you supply them, please have them available for the students. In this part the students will work in groups of two.
PART #4 involves writing ten events forms and assembling the final project. Please read the student directions for an explanation. THERE IS A SAMPLE BLANK HISTORICAL-PICTORIAL MAP PROJECT TO SHARE WITH THE STUDENTS THAT SHOWS A FINAL PRODUCT. You do not need to use this page at all. It is up to you. Grading the project is also up to you. Grading will be easier if you use a Grading Rubric. An essay question addressing the effects of expansion on the politics and size of the is included as and individual assessment.
For a cooperative learning experience and inclusion in an interdisciplinary unit (LA/Social Studies) you may want to consider WESTWARD EXPANSION JOURNALS AND DIARIES BY CK Teaching Aids.
"Wild and Wooly, Notes on Group Work" is included for your information for those new to cooperative learning.