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Westward Expansion Stand-Alone Instructional Resource

Westward Expansion Stand-Alone Instructional Resource

This is an instructional resource that provides a basic overview of Westward Expansion in the United States, including the Louisiana Purchase, and the acquisitions of Texas, California, and Oregon.



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Justine Koszela
Justine Koszela (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

This is a good presentation that discusses and allows students to learn about and work on the Westward Expansion of the United States. It discusses the Louisiana Purchase, the issues with Mexico, the California Gold Rush, and the Oregon Trail.  Students are clearly introduced to what they are going to be learning about, and it even gives them the option of choosing which focus they want to begin with.  Many different types of pedagogies are in place, ranging from visual, to analyzing, to applying the material, to evaluating.  The only strategy that I felt that could be more utilized was the use of auditory skills.  ELL students, at-risk, or auditory impaired students may have a difficult time viewing this presentation.  However, the UDL principals are definitely in place, since many different representations are used to show the information, students can apply their findings, students are asked to be engaged, and they are also challenged to show their learning in various ways, such as journal entries, poems, songs, or plays.  Students are given options as to how they would like to share their learning and are not confined to one way.  The presentation also has various websites linked to it, which offer additional resources and ways for students to feel connected to the past!  One thing that I truly enjoyed about this presentation is the way that students will be assessed at the end to check their learning and findings.  Students are given an exit ticket (a survey) that allows the teacher to grade their work and what they learned.  This is a great presentation that allows students to be creative, uses various levels of Bloom's Taxonomy and interactive tools.

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This presentation offers embedded links to websites that offer visuals, pictures and a YouTube video.  This presentation if very easy to navigate, user friendly, informational and interactive.

Time spent reviewing site: 35 Minutes
Lori Parmalee
Lori Parmalee (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

This presentation gives a nice overview of the American history of the Westward Expansion.  It is comprehensive in it's coverage of major events of the time period.  The graphics are easy to look at, with both clean lines and good use of color that support the objectives. Learning objectives are stated and clear initially, as well as throughout the presentation.  A variety of pedagogical strategies are evident as students are asked to interact in various ways.  UDL principles are also employed as students are given a wide variety of options.  Choices in which to respond to embedded questions include letters, journal entries, comics, drawing, poems, charts and songs.  The presentation also incorporates use of audio, video, and a final exit activity in the form of a ticket out the door.

Technical Remarks:

Good use of graphics and audio.  Exceptional video.  Very easy to manuver within the presentation.

Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes