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The American West Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

These days, millions of people live in the western United States. But, do you know how and why people originally settled there? In this lesson, we will look at the settlement of the American West.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the reasons Americans moved and settled in the West
  • write a journal from the perspective of a settler

Length

50-60 minutes (with group presentations taking place on a different day)

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.3.D

Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Materials

  • access to related lesson: The American West: History & Settlement
  • access to the Quiz
  • large map of the United States
  • printed copies of the related lesson
  • writing paper
  • colored construction paper
  • hole punch
  • string
  • makers or colored pencils

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