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.
Animation Westward Expansion Map
J. Wiseman - EDU 6386
"Growth of a Nation"
Sacagawea Biography - Video
TeacherTube Videos - Sacagawea
Discoverers & Explorers
Westward Expansion Blogging - 7th Grade Student Work
West: Imagining the Oregon Trail Lesson Plan
Interactive Santa Fe Trail (SFT)
New Perspectives of
The West (PBS)
The Donner Party
would YOU take?
Best Books for Teaching About Westward Expansion