This is an interactive lesson designed for use with Google Classroom. Teachers will make a copy of this Google Slide Interactive lesson for each student. The students will read about the Homestead Act and the hardships of Westward Expansion on the settlers and the Native Americans. Each slide has directions for the students either directly on the slide or in the speaker notes below. They will be writing in response to what they learn, creating an ad for the Homestead Act, inserting images that will aid in understanding of what they read, and using simple tools to highlight and color code text according to directions. This is a fun and challenging interactive lesson that will engage your students for several hours.