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Westward Expansion & ELA Integrated Bundle: Reading Writing & Social Studies


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Westward Expansion: Informational Texts, Maps, & Activities Low Prep

Should People Have Migrated West?: Paired Reading Passages & Opinion Writing

Westward Expansion Narrative Nonfiction Interview Research & Writing Unit

Westward Expansion Pick 'n Flip Clip Cards Review Activity

Westward Movement & Expansion Exit Tickets Set

Subject: U.S. History, Writing-Essays, Informational Text
Grade Levels: 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Resource Type:
File Type: PDF
File Size: 41MB
Number of Pages: 230
Answer Key: Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration: 2 Months


Westward Expansion and Language Arts Resource Bundle Set

This integrated bundle has everything you need to teach Westward Expansion and language arts skills at the same time! The bundle includes 5 separate resources that include a nonfiction/informational texts unit on westward expansion, a paired passages set with an opinion writing prompt, historical interview writing project, a set of pre-written exit tickets, and a social studies review/center activity.

Teachers can use these resources for:

  • primary instruction of social studies standards on westward expansion
  • close reading
  • informational text reading comprehension
  • opinion/argumentative text-based writing practice (test prep)
  • research
  • formative assessment
  • summative assessment

Teachers can also cover technology standards in writing by having students research online and use technology to create their final projects.

Westward Expansion Flipbook Unit comes with 8 lessons with activities, as well as a summative unit test. These lessons are provided in multiple formats (flipbook, folded book, individual lesson pages) so teachers can select the ones that best fit their classroom. This unit covers the 5th grade Florida American history standards on civics and government.

Westward Expansion Paired Passages Resource includes 4 different informational texts that are paired on school uniforms and freedom of speech. Three texts are included on three reading levels (4th, 5th, & 6th grades). A reading comprehension quiz is included for three texts. In addition, two extended opinion writing prompts are included and require students to use text-evidence in their essay. Teachers can adjust this unit to meet the needs of students in upper elementary and a middle school civics class.

Historical Interview Writing Unit allows students to select a problem in their community, research it, and develop a solution.

  • Teachers can decide whether or not students actually carry out their plan or just research it.
  • Students can present their plans in order to meet speech & language standards.
  • Students can work with a partner or small group.

Westward Expansion Exit Tickets are a great way to included formative assessments after each lesson. Use these pre-written exit tickets to have students check their understanding of the lesson’s main ideas. The exit tickets can also be used for bell ringers, spiral review, homework, morning work, task cards, or partner work. This resource includes a set of 20 exit tickets with 1 – 3 questions on each. A blank template is also included.

Westward Expansion Clip Cards Activity is a fun and engaging way for students to practice learning about civics & government. Students clip a clothespin or paper clip onto an answer choice, then flip the card over to self-check! This activity can be used as a center, early finisher activity, or a partner activity. Some teachers have even used these as homework for students who need more practice! The cards will last a long time if they are printed on card stock and laminated.

Answers keys are included. The resources were designed to be used with 4th – 7th grades.

The teaching time of these resources depends upon a number of factors. Teachers can also pick and choose which activities they want to use.


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