How the West was Won

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Lesson Plan Title: U.S. History – Westward Expansion – “How the West was Won.”

Concept / Topic To Teach: The topic deals with the 19th Century expansion of the United States. The concept here is forming a quick chronology of continental expansion. Creating a geographical mental image of U.S. land acquisitions and resource distribution (i.e. gold, cattle, mineral resources, etc.). Creating and understanding of the social impact of Manifest Destiny.

Standards Addressed:

TEKS U.S. History 8 Standards 1A, 1B, 1C, 6B, 6C, 6D, 6E, 11A, 13A

1. History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in U.S. history through 1877. The student is expected to:

(A) identify the major eras in U.S. history through 1877 and describe their defining characteristics;

(B) apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing of significant individuals, events, and time periods; and

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