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Westward Expansion Thematic Unit

information, resources, and pictures on how to teach a thematic unit on Manifest Destiny for 8th Grade Social Studies

An article about the arms and weapons used at the battle of the Alamo

A list of important people of the Texas revolution with a brief explanation of why each made the list.

This was a really cool video that gives useful information as to what led up to westward expansion that would work as an intro video

This show the most famous of trails that those moving west took, this would be very useful for the students to see so that they will have an idea of the types of features they had to go through to get west.

This links you to some really cool smart notebook projects that you could present to the students as an introduction to the unit.

This is the famous painting that expressed the idea of manifest destiny. It also links to wikipedia description which the teacher should review beforehand to make sure that they too believe what is it saying before showing their students.

This takes the students to a website that is filled with loads of information that is great for kids. Allowing the kids to view this website allows them view more information about the topics covered in class.

  • Heather Malone

    your caption should be a bit more specific. she wants to know how you would use it in a lesson or why it is relevant

  • Mark Moreno

    Oh okay, I didn't even know you could write stuff to these pins

  • Heather Malone

    Lol That's much better. Half as much would probably be ok,too. (so you don't have to do so much work)

This website had a brief description of the Homestead Act and how it was motivation for those to move out west.

Google Image of nighttime population distribution. discussion prompt about the differences in East and Western US and how it influences distributions

Timeline of Events - Texas Revolution Provides a good outline of major events in the Texas revolution with brief descriptions of the events.

The Flags of the Texas Revolution - Short summary of how/why there were so many Texas flags during the revolution as well as a brief description for each pictured

Western Expansion - FREE American History Lesson Plans & Games for Kids - This would be a great resource for a teacher during a Westward Expansion unit. It has something for students and teachers over several Westward Expansion topics.