Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned with the 11th grade curriculum (1st & 2nd Semester)
Last Updated: May 9, 2011
- Anti-railroad Propaganda Poster -- The Growth of Regionalism, 1800 - 1860
Did you ever wonder why people from Chicago call carbonated water "pop" while New Yorkers call it "soda"? Or why Southerners tease Northerners for talking too fast, driving too fast, and even eating too fast? Well, the United States has always had regional differences. Today, the regions may be difficult to draw a line around, but from 1800 to 1860, those lines clearly existed.
- Colonial Williamsburg: Westward Expansion
Gaining territory for the United States was only one issue. There were also issues related to topography, natural history, and economics. Economic concerns included how to best utilize the vast new western lands and associated resources for agriculture, mining, trade, transportation (potential river routes to the Pacific Ocean, including the elusive and non-existent "Northwest Passage"), building a transcontinental railroad, and establishing settlements.
- Exploring the West
A project of the Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West at Stanford University, Exploring the West is a high-school curriculum committed to expanding and enriching students’ perceptions of the West. This site contains over 100 worksheets and dozens of lesson plans that present the West as a contemporary, diverse, transnational, and dynamic region.
- Maps of Indian Territory, the Dawes Act, and Will Rogers' Enrollment Case File
Federal Indian policy during the period from 1870 to 1900 marked a departure from earlier policies that were dominated by removal, treaties, reservations, and even war. The new policy focused specifically on breaking up reservations by granting land allotments to individual Native Americans.
- Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America
On April 7, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Fort Mandan for points west, beginning the process of "filling in the canvas" of America. This exhibition features the Library's rich collections of exploration material documenting the quest to connect the East and the West by means of a waterway passage.
- The Homestead Act of 1862