• Western Expansion Webquest

    How did the expansion of the United States into the West in the 1800s affect people inside and outside our country? You will play the role of either a settler or Native American. From you point of view, you will explain how the United States acquired key lands and examine the effects of the acquisitions on People Living in the Regions.


    6.1.5.D: Demonstrate how availability of resources affects choices.

    6.2.5.C: Explain how advertising causes people to change their behavior in predictable ways.

    8.3.5.C: Differentiate how continuity and change in U.S. history are formed and operate.

    • Belief systems and religions
    • Commerce and industry
    • Technology
    • Politics and government
    • Physical and human geography
    • Social organizations

    Students will…

    • identify US territories acquired in the nation's westward expansion.
    • explain why and how the United States acquired key territories and depict how this affected the people already living in each region.
    • analyze reasons for and results of Lewis and Clarke's exploration.
    • identify how settlement and exploration were affected by the geography of the land.
    • analyze reasons for and results for expansion.
    • analyze tensions between Native Americans and settlers.
    • identify how land was acquired and effect on Native Americans


    At the conclusion of this WebQuest, you will choose a project assignment or assignments below that is equal to three points to show your understanding of the objectives listed above.

    Journal of a Pioneer


     3 Points
    American Progress
    3 Points

    Research Report


     3 Points
     Wagon Train
    3 Points

    ABC Book

    3 Points

    Dramitization Skit

     Wagon Wheel

    2 Points

    Point of View LetterLetter  

    1 Point

    Write a Poem

    1 Point

    Compare and ContrastVenn

    1 Point


    Create a Wordle

    or Photo Collage


    1 Point


    Essential Questions

    How did the expansion of the United States affect people inside and outside the country?

    How did the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clarke expedition impact westward expansion?

    How did new forms of transportation affect westward expansion?

    How did relations with Native Americans affect westward expansion?



    Chapter 16: Manifest Destiny and Settling West


    Chapter 17: The Diverse People of the West