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Western Expansion

The following lesson plans enable you to engage students with primary sources related to the Western Expansion of the United States in the 19th century.

These lessons all follow the Spiral Question Format.  Spiral questions guide students from lower- to higher-level critical thinking skills so that they become comfortable and adept at analyzing primary sources. There are three levels to spiral questions: description, interpretation, and analysis.
The teacher-created lessons below include instructions, primary sources, and Spiral Question worksheets, among other materials, you can use in your classroom immediately.
 Grade 4

Impact of European Settlers on Ohio

Early Ohio Settlement

Homestead Act of 1862

Grade 5

Hunting of Bison

Grade 8

Petition to Ohio Governor Huntington from Chief Tarhe

Don't Leave the Farm Boys

Grade 8 Intervention

Getting There: Settling the West


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