Westward Expansion: Essential Questions for Social Studies

In the nineteenth century, the United States exploded in size and population due to westward expansion. Start a conversation with students about Pioneers, Native Americans, the Oregon Trail, and more! See Full Product Description.

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Why did pioneers move from the East to the western frontier in the nineteenth century? How did technology affect westward expansion? In the nineteenth century, the United States exploded in size and population due to westward expansion. Start a conversation with students about Pioneers, Native Americans, the Oregon Trail, and more!

This planning guide provides:
• A Big Idea—Curricular focus for study of a concept
• Enduring Understandings—Key learning goals built around the big idea
• Vocabulary List—Subject area words that students may encounter and use in their explorations
• Essential Questions—A menu of starting points that lead students to explore and think deeply about the topic

Common Core Alignment

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2
  • CCSS.Math.Cont.5.OA.B.3
Teaching Tips

Choose two to five essential questions that best fit your unit plan and your students’ needs!