PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Gr5 Westward Expansion Pros/Cons Research Groups

  • How have forces and events in United States history led to growth and transformation of the nation?
  • What factors have shaped or challenges the economic development of the United States?
  • What were the pros and cons of Westward Expansion?
  • How do diverse perspectives challenge us or help us to understand the complexities of history?
  • What civil rights challenges and opportunities do the people of the United States face today?

Westward Expansion Research Groups each explored a key historical event that contributed to the expansion of our nation in the 19th century (1800’s and beyond) starting with the Louisiana Purchase. They had to teach others’ about their historical event, how it contributed to our nation’s growth, how it was connected to other events, and what the pros and cons of Westward Expansion were.

  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Indian Removal Act
  • Trail of Tears
  • Monroe Doctrine
  • Oregon Trail/Treaty
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Mexican-American War
  • Gold Rushes (California and Klondike)
  • Pony Express
  • Homestead Act
  • Women’s Suffrage in the West
  • Homestead Act
  • Transcontinental Railroad

Research Presentations:

Note* Some students presented with Google Slides, while others chose a different way to express their learning and understanding (infographic, skit, poster, prezi, visual etc.) Here are a few short glimpses:

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