Focus: Students are introduced students to an important period in the history of the United States—the time of westward expansion during the 1800s. Students explore why pioneers were willing to endure the hardships to move westward, and learn about innovations in transportation and communication, including the steamboat, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the Pony Express. Students also come to understand the hardships and tragedies that Native Americans endured because of westward expansion.
Number of Lessons: 9
Lesson Time: 60 minutes each. Each lesson may be divided into shorter segments.
Additional Search Terms: nonfiction • Robert Fulton • Erie Canal • Oregon Trail • Sequoyah • Trail of Tears