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Primary Sources: Westward Expansion Kit

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  • Grade: 5-12
  • Interest Level: 5-12
  • Item: 3931
  • ISBN: 9780743939317
  • Language: English

Build social studies content-area literacy by integrating dynamic primary sources into the classroom! This comprehensive kit uses original documents, maps, photographs, and other materials to engage students in learning about westward expansion in the United States. These authentic resources will capture students' curiosity about the past and build critical thinking as they analyze significant events in American history.

Primary Sources: Westward Expansion Kit includes:

  • Eight Photograph Cards:
    • Joining Tracks in Promontory Point, Utah
    • Early Years in Flagstaff, Arizona
    • U.S. Marshalls on Oklahoma Land
    • And more...
  • Eight Primary Sources:
    • Louisiana Purchase
    • Land Ordinance of 1787
    • Annexation of Texas Flyer
    • And more...
  • Teacher's Guide including lesson plans, student activities, and document-based assessments
  • Digital resources including copies of all photographs and primary sources, student reproducibles, and additional primary sources

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Series highlights include

  • 8 Photo Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide with easy-to-use lessons and document-based assessments
  • Digital Resources
Primary Sources: Westward Expansion Kit

8 Primary Sources

Provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more! Students will participate in the constructive process of history by studying primary source documents and photographs. Viewing historic photographs, handling facsimiles of famous documents, and reading the comments and opinions of those in the past prepare students for document-based assessments.

Teacher's Guide

Give teachers the tools to breathe life into history. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive details about each component in the kit. Lesson plans are organized with objectives, materials, discussion questions, suggestions for using the primary sources, and extension ideas. Historical background pages are provided to give teachers and students information about each of the primary sources being studied.
Primary Sources: Westward Expansion Kit

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources
  • Student reproducibles
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