U.S. Westward Expansion: Common Assignment 1 For Teachers
The Common Assignment 1 section (for teachers) of History Unit: U.S. Westward Expansion helps students investigate key events and ideas in westward expansion during the antebellum period. Students will use primary and secondary sources, maps, images, and an LDC debate-focused module to build evidentiary claims, identify multiple perspectives, and consider causal relationships. For easy use and customization, files are available in PDF and Word.
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