Lesson plans and classroom resources aligned with the 7th grade curriculum (1st & 2nd Semester)
Last Updated: May 16, 2011
- BioClassroom: Abraham Lincoln
This biography traces Lincoln's life from the rustic childhood that shaped him through his tragic assassination. Throughout this documentary, historians offer insights into Lincoln's personality, his decision-making style, and the combination of factors that led him to become one of the most significant leaders in American history. This program examines Lincoln's writings, his complex family life, and the evolution of his career.
- Establishing Borders: The Expansion of the United States, 1846-48
- National Archives: Expansion & Reform
- Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark Primary Sources
The course of geographic revelation was never simple, never in a straight line. Ancient ideas and cherished illusions persisted as explorers and cartographers struggled to make new knowledge fit old frameworks. Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America presents that struggle in a century of exploration, starting in the mid-eighteenth century through the mid-nineteenth century.
- Westward Expansion Lesson from Colonial Williamsburg
Thomas Jefferson’s negotiated purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 doubled the size of the United States. Interest in expanding the nation’s boundaries from the Atlantic to the Pacific gained momentum. What followed was a series of explorations, negotiated settlements, wars, and cultural integration that continued well into the nineteenth century.
- Westward Expansion Primary Sources from Scholastic
Starting in the 1800s, hundreds of thousands of Americans decided to move away from the original 13 colonies and move west. States like Oregon and California didn't exist yet, in fact, no one had even drawn a complete map of the area. Explorers like Lewis and Clarke were the first to brave nature and hostile Native Americans to explore the land, and settlers soon followed. Unlike today where there are airplanes and cars and roads, the trek to the West was hard.