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U.S. Westward Expansion: Middle School History Unit
This unit 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 Literary Design Collaborative 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. The unit can also be downloaded in pieces or in full.
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Dec 13, 2019
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