America in the 1800s -

America in the 1800s

Length: 18 weeks
Includes: Printable lessons
Age/Grade: 4th – 6th Grades

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How to Use This Course

America in the 1800s is a history course designed to help students feel like they are living in the time periods being explored. Through numerous readings and writing assignments such as journal entries and letter writing, students get a unique chance to relive this important period in America’s history from the early days of westward expansion, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and finally through the days of the transcontinental railroad and Indian Wars.

Course Introduction

Welcome to America in the 1800s! We begin during the time of early westward expansion on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails. Then we travel down the Erie Canal, visit gold miners in California, and meet freedom fighters at the Alamo. We’ll look at a sad time in the nation’s history—the American Civil War and Reconstruction. Then we head west again, with the buffalo, the Indian Wars, and the transcontinental railroad. Throughout our study, you will not have tests or quizzes. (Permission is granted to jump for joy at that statement.) You do, however, have writing assignments, but not the long, report kind of assignments. As you study this portion of American history, the goal is to imagine you are living in the time periods you study and then write a journal entry or letter related to the topic. Don’t worry, there will be ideas and suggestions along the way. Let’s step into history together!

Unit One: Westward Expansion Before the Civil War

  • The Oregon Trail
  • The Erie Canal
  • The Santa Fe Trail
  • The Alamo
  • The Mexican-American War
  • The California Gold Rush

Unit Two: The Civil War and Its Aftermath

  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction

Unit Three: Westward Expansion After the Civil War

  • A Railroad Connects Us
  • America Moves West
  • Soldiers and Native Americans

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