Homestead Act Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

If you are discussing westward settlement, introduce your students to the Homestead Act with this lesson plan. Students will read an informative text lesson, participate in discussion questions, and engage in a culminating research/presentation activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss the challenges of westward settlement prior to the Homestead Act.
  • describe the purpose of the Homestead Act.
  • explain the successes and challenges of the Act.

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.5

Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.6

Evaluate authors' differing points of view on the same historical event or issue by assessing the authors' claims, reasoning, and evidence.

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