How the West was Won in your exercise book. Read the information on the webpage, then: Task One



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Put the title How the West was Won in your exercise book.

Read the information on the webpage, then:


Task One

The story of this webpage is a story of development through time – of CHANGE over time.

1. Working with a partner or in a small group, write down:


  • What were the dates of development – when did it begin, and when are you going to date the end?

  • What were the main features of the changes that happened – how were the Plains different after, to how they had been before?

  • Build a list of ten KEY FACTS which show the development.

  • What were the main PHASES of development?

  • Explain the idea of the ‘moving frontier’ in your own words.

2. Think of a way to illustrate the development of the Great Plains (e.g. a timeline, a flow diagram … or a different way that you can think of yourself) and represent ‘Development through Time – How the West was Won’ as a diagram.


Task Two:

1. Coming together as a whole class:



  • To share your thoughts from Task One, go round the class requiring each student to finish the sentence starter: ‘the development of the Wild West…’ in as interesting and insightful a way as they can think of.

  • Find evidence in the facts you have learned that the process was more complex than four discrete phases of development.


Task Three:

1. Working as a whole class, discuss what you have learned new this lesson.


2. Working strictly on your own, write 250 words about: ‘The development of the Wild West’.

On one side of a large piece of paper, write the title: ‘Difficulties and dangers’. On the other write: ‘Pleasures and positives’. (You will build up notes on this record sheet as you work through the pages in this ‘Wild West’ website.)


3. Finally, working as a whole class, discuss all the bad things you have learned about the Wild West this lesson, and list them on the ‘Difficulties and dangers’ side of your record sheet.

On the ‘Pleasures and positives’ side, write down all the good things you have learned about the Wild West.





© John D Clare, 2014


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