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Westward Expansion Lesson Plan
Students will study the Westward Expansion of the United States during the period between 1840 and 1890 including different reasons people moved west, such as opportunity and adventure, gold and wealth, jobs provided by working on the railroad, the chance to homestead, or the lure to become a cowboy. Students will also study the impact upon the Native Americans as new people came and settled their lands. Student groups will plan and produce a short video emphasizing the life of the people and the impact the westward expansion had on the history of the United States.