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Westward Expansion

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Civics +6 Age Level Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This playlist on Westward Expansion of the United States is designed for self-guided learning with intermittent check-ins for middle school age students. The learning tasks are divided over five days, designed for 30-35 minutes per day, and build on each other. However, students are able to work on this playlist at their own pace. They will engage with primary and secondary sources as well as visual art, videos, and written texts. Students can complete the tasks online by connecting through Google classroom for each formative and summative assessment.

By the end of the week, students will create an original piece that an expresses an evidence-based argument that expresses their opinion how well the impacts of westward expansion align with its goals.

  • Formative assessments are represented by a chevron (Learning Tasks and Daily Check Ins).
  • Additional processing questions are included with select resources, marked by a question mark in the upper left hand corner of the resource tile.
  • Google Doc versions of all formative and summative assessments are in the tiles immediately after the digital versions. 

This Week's Goal

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Monday

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Monday's Objective

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Monday's Introduction

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American Progress

Library of Congress

Monday Wrap Up

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Monday Check In

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Tuesday

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Tuesday's Objective

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Tuesday's Introduction

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3c Transcontinental Railroad single

National Postal Museum

Secondary Sources Task

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Transportation in America Before 1876

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Learning Task

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Tuesday Wrap Up

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Wednesday

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Wednesday's Objective

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Mexican War Broadside

National Museum of American History

Wednesday Introduction

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Wednesday Learning Task

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NMAH_Be.US_Tr.ofG_._Deliberation_Guide_Student_0.pdf

National Museum of American History

Wednesday Wrap Up

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Wednesday Check In

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Thursday

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Thursday's Objective

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Thursday Introduction

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Gold Nugget

National Museum of American History

33c California Gold Rush single

National Postal Museum

Thursday Learning Task

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Thursday Wrap Up

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Thursday Check In

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Friday

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Friday's Objective

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Friday Introduction

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Friday Check In

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