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United States Westward Expansion

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The West: - 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.
(Grades 6-12)
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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)

California Gold Rush Lesson Plans - Information about the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark and more. Includes some primary source documents.

Westward Expansion - Information about the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark and more. Includes some primary source documents.

The 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)
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Primary Source Documents:

The 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.
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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.

Lewis 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. lesson plans american history lewis and clarklouisiana purchase lesson plans thomas jefferson lesson plans1803 Louisiana Purchase thomas jefferson napolean lesson plan merriweather lewis information sacajewea donner party lesson plans

Documents 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. lewis and clark lessons lesson plans resrources teacherslewis and clark expedition lesson plan curriculum westward expansion United States history lewis and clark 49ers gold rush lesson planshigh school lesson plans lewis and clark expedition migration westward

 

 

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