United States Westward
Lesson Plans | Primary
Web Sites and Lesson
- This multidisciplinary unit of lessons addresses a variety
of subject areas, including history, language arts, fine arts, and
science. Each lesson plan provides objectives, standards correlations,
background information, Web links, procedures, extension suggestions,
and assessment recommendations.
The California Gold Rush
- Coming just as the world was moving
from sail to steam, and from stagecoach to rail, the Gold Rush transformed
California from a distant, quiet province to a focus of the world’s
interest and imagination. The Gold Rush laid the foundation of the
“California Dream” – a place of new beginnings,
a place where untold wealth was waiting to be found. (wikipedia)
Gold Rush Lesson Plans
- Information about the Louisiana Purchase,
Lewis and Clark and more. Includes some primary source documents.
- Information about the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and
Clark and more. Includes some primary source documents.
Louisiana Purchase: A Living Time Line
- Although the Louisiana
Purchase may be summarized simply, in reality, it was a very complex
story filled with intrigue and suspense. Since the details would be
excessive for this age group, this lesson is designed to help students
identify the principal players and put the crucial events into chronological
perspective. It also calls upon students to view history from the
perspective of others-in this case, American Indians whose lifestyles
were disrupted by the Louisiana Purchase.(See
Also Thomas Jefferson
Primary Source Documents:
L ewis and Clark: Journey of Discovery
- Fantastic interactive flash adventure from the Lewis and Clark.
Shows their journey across the United States. Teacher Resources and
curriculum available also.
The Journals of Lewis and Clark
- The Louisiana Purchase openened up a whole new world for Thomas
Jefferson. He commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the new frontier.
Read their journals.
and Clark Primary Documents Exhibtion - Excellent information
and multi-disciplinary curriculum designed for grades four through
twelve, it is divided into units that follow the major thematic sections
of the exhibition.
from the Expanding American West
- America was rapidly expanding throughout the 19th century. Settlers
traveled by covered wagon to Oregon, California, Oklahoma, and everywhere
in between. The lesson plans here are designed to provide specific
looks into several different episodes during this expansion. The exercises
rely on primary sources contained in the Western Historical Manuscripts
Collection (WHMC) at Ellis Library, in Columbia Missouri.
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