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2 Social Studies Name: Directions: Use the handout to complete the following timeline assignment. Task Overview Westward Expansion unfolded as a series of key events that saw the United States expand west across North America. For this assignment, complete a timeline in which you include the following events/policies related to Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny: California Gold Rush of 1849 Mexican-American War Louisiana Purchase Missouri Compromise Lewis and Clark Expedition Klondike Gold Rush Kansas-Nebraska Act Oregon Trail Transcontinental Railroad Homestead Act Indian Removal Act For each of the events include the following required elements: Title of Event Date or Date Range of Event Picture to Represent Event Overview of Event o o What happened historically? Why was it significant to the overall Westward Expansion? As well, each timeline needs to contain the US Presidents for the years of the period of Westward Expansion. Copyright History Matters 2015.

3 CATEGORY Required Elements and Accuracy Development of Ideas Communication Organization and Design The project includes all required elements and they are all exceptionally accurate. The project shows an exceptionally in-depth base of content and knowledge and includes thorough explanations. All required elements are included on the project, and only minor errors are present in accuracy. Project displays a very in-depth base of content and knowledge. Writing is clear, accurate, and effective with well-organized ideas. The project is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness. Some of the required elements are included on the project, and there are many issues with accuracy. Project displays only some indepth content and knowledge, and the ideas are straight forward. Writing is satisfactory with only minor errors but does not interfere with the message. The project is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy. Most required elements were missing, and the project lacks accuracy. Project appears to have insufficient indepth content and knowledge, and contains limited ideas. Writing is unclear and difficult to distinguish the message. The project is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive. Name(s): Mark: / 14 Copyright History Matters 2015.

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6 Social Studies Name: Directions: Use the handout to complete the following timeline assignment. Make sure students understand the expectations of the assignment and how they will be assessed. The included events are just a sampling of the major events of Westward Expansion. The teacher may choose to add or remove events based on the needs of the classroom. This assignment can be done individually in that each student is required to complete their own timeline or in that each student completes a different event to create a class-wide timeline once the different events are combined. As well, it could be completed in groups where each groups completes their own timeline or each group is responsible for one event and then all of the events are combined to create a timeline. This assignment is best used as a review or end of unit activity to bring together the overall events of Westward Expansion. See the rest of the key for more detailed information on possible responses and uses for this timeline assignment. I tend to only include singular historical events in this activity. If you are looking for more detailed information on other, more complex, aspects of Westward Expansion then please consider checking my TpT store for other resources related to these parts of the Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. Task Overview Westward Expansion unfolded as a series of key events that saw the United States expand west across North America. For this assignment, complete a timeline in which you include the following events/policies related to Westward Expansion/Manifest Destiny: California Gold Rush of 1849 Mexican-American War Louisiana Purchase Missouri Compromise Lewis and Clark Expedition Klondike Gold Rush Kansas-Nebraska Act Oregon Trail Transcontinental Railroad Homestead Act Indian Removal Act For each of the events include the following required elements: Title of Event Date or Date Range of Event Picture to Represent Event Overview of Event o o What happened historically? Why was it significant to the overall Westward Expansion? As well, each timeline needs to contain the US Presidents for the years of the period of Westward Expansion. Copyright History Matters 2015.

7 Louisiana Purchase Indian Removal Act Mexican American War Kansas-Nebraska Act Thomas Jefferson purchases the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 Million. The United States purchased approximately 828,000,000 square miles of territory, thereby doubling the size of the country. It stretched from the Mississippi River in the east to the Rocky Mountains in the west and from the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the Canadian border in the north. It is considered one of the most important achievements of Thomas Jefferson s presidency. US Congress passed an act requiring Native Americans to move from the Southeast to west of the Mississippi. Native Americans were forced to assimilate or move to other territories. It opened up territory for American settlers. Generally viewed as a negative event now by historians for how Native Americans were treated. It was the first U.S. armed conflict chiefly fought on foreign soil. It pitted a militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a manifest destiny to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. Mexico had lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of presentday California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 bill allowed settlers of the territory to decide whether slavery would be allowed within a new state s borders. The conflicts that arose between pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers in the aftermath of the act s passage led to the period known as the Bleeding Kansas, and helped paved the way for the American Civil War ( ). Jefferson ( ) Monroe ( ) Jackson ( ) Van Buren ( ) Polk ( ) Pierce ( ) Lewis and Clark Expedition Missouri Compromise Oregon Trail California Gold Rush Explorers Lewis and Clark are tasked with exploring the newly purchased Louisiana Territory by Jefferson. The Lewis and Clark Expedition spanned 8,000 mi and three years, taking the Corps of Discovery, down the Ohio River, up the Missouri River, across the Continental Divide, and to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis served as the field scientist, chronicling botanical, zoological, meteorological, geographic and ethnographic information. An effort by Congress to defuse the sectional and political rivalries triggered by the request of Missouri late in 1819 for admission as a state in which slavery would be permitted. With the exception of Missouri, this law prohibited slavery in the Louisiana Territory north of the latitude line. In 1854, the Missouri Compromise was repealed by the Kansas-Nebraska Act. People begin to travel west in wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Around 300,000 people would take the trail over the next 20 years. Important because it allowed for mass migration westward to occupy new territories. A journey that saw 300,000 people travel west and further the westward expansion. The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century. Thousands of prospective gold miners traveled by sea or over land to San Francisco and the surrounding area; by the end of 1849, the nonnative population of the California territory was some 100,000. Copyright History Matters 2015.

8 Homestead Act 1862 Encouraged Western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a small filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land. The Homestead Act led to the distribution of 80 million acres of public land by Transcontinental Railroad In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act chartered the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the United States from east to west. Over the next seven years, the two companies would race toward each other from Sacramento, California on the one side and Omaha, Nebraska on the other, struggling against great risks before they met at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, Klondike Gold Rush Gold was discovered in the Klondike River in 1896, and inspired many people to test their luck in the harsh climate of the north. Of the 100,000 people that set out for the Klondike only 30,000 arrived. It caused many people to move west and north as part of Westward Expansion. Lincoln ( ) Johnson ( ) Cleveland ( ) This assignment can be completed in any manner of ways that best fits the needs of the students and the teacher. Traditionally, my students complete the assignment as either a poster or as a PowerPoint with each event being a different slide. The assignment can be completed individually or as part of a group assignment. This teacher s key for the timeline is a general overview of the information that students should be placing in their assignment. Student responses may vary. The timeline included in this resource can be used as a place for students to plan their assignment. The timeline also should focus on the historical significance of the event in terms of how it impacted Westward Expansion. This assignment is best used as a review or end of unit assignment once students have learned about all of the major events. Students may need research resources to help them in the completion of the assignment, such as textbook, library or online resources. The following can be used as a starting point for student research: Copyright History Matters 2015.

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