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Westward Expansion




Some People of the West
Daniel Boone
Jim Bridger
Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Soldiers
Kit Carson
Chief Joseph
Crazy Horse
Davy Crockett

George Armstrong Custer

Sam Houston

People of the Old West

Men & Women of The West

Mountain Men & Fur Trade

Black Experience

Lewis and Clark Expedition
Lewis & Clark Mapping the West

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Lewis & Clark Journey of Discovery

Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark Resource Guide


To introduce the Westward Expansion unit I would have the students plan a 2,000 mile family car trip. They would have to: plan the route by map, determine approximately how long the trip would take, decide what to take on this trip and figure out a budget for the trip including food, cost of fuel, and accommodations.

During the course of the unit the students would work on a similar trip but back in the 1800's from Independence, Missouri to the west coast.

"Go west, young man"

A favorite saying of the nineteenth-century journalist Horace Greeley, referring to opportunities on the frontier. Another writer, John Soule, apparently originated it.

Stop-Action Animation Westward Expansion Map J. Wiseman - EDU 6386

American History: "Growth of a Nation"


Sacagawea Biography - Video

TeacherTube Videos - Sacagawea

The Oregon Trail
Discoverers & Explorers

Westward Expansion Blogging - 7th Grade Student Work

Go West: Imagining the Oregon Trail Lesson Plan

The Interactive Santa Fe Trail (SFT)

New Perspectives of The West (PBS)

West Web

The Donner Party (PBS)

What would YOU take?

Best Books for Teaching About Westward Expansion