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Land Grabbing. Westward expansion after the Civil War Sarah Brynaert October 2008. Land Grabbing . Grade Level: 9-12 Content: Western American History Unit: The American West after the Civil War . Land Grabbing. Objectives: Identify reasons for westward expansion

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Land grabbing

Land Grabbing

Westward expansion after the Civil War

Sarah Brynaert

October 2008


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  • Grade Level: 9-12

  • Content: Western American History

  • Unit: The American West after the Civil War


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  • Objectives:

    • Identify reasons for westward expansion

    • Analyze the concepts of assimilation and stereotypes in relation to the American West

    • Explain reasons for near destruction of Native American societies in the American West


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  • CIVIL WAR

    • Fought between the North and South

    • After the Civil War was a period known as Reconstruction

  • Many people were displaced or in poverty as a result of the conflict

  • As industrialism and big business expanded, so did US territory

    • US Government encouraged citizens to move west


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Land Grabbing: Engage

  • You will receive a card which has a symbol on one side and a list of words on the back

  • Please find people with the same symbol as you.

    • This will be your group


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Land Grabbing: Engage

  • On the back of each of your cards, there is a list of words

    • The list of words will be used to complete the graphic organizer

  • Each student should read the word out loud in their groups and discuss where the word belongs in the chart.

    • After categorizing the words on the back of the card add other words which relate to the graphic organizer


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Land Grabbing: Graphic Organizer

On the back of each of your cards is a list of words. Please categorize and write each word where you think it should belong in the chart below. When you are finished categorizing the words on the back of your cards, please discuss and list other words which relate to the chart below.


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Land Grabbing: Purpose

  • The purpose of this lesson is to evaluate reasons for westward expansion.

  • This lesson will also show you the near destruction of Native Americans and their culture during this time.


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Land Grabbing: Purpose

  • Can anyone tell me what they know about the American West after the Civil War?

  • Why did Americans move westward? What natural resources were available?

  • What is going on in the west at this time?


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Land Grabbing: Explore

  • This next portion of the lesson will be used to play a game

  • Split your group into 3 teams

  • You will work together to make decisions people of the time period made


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Land Grabbing: Explore

  • Background Information

    • Many people in the country were displaced as a result of the Civil War

    • Some people sought alternative options for their lifestyles, some chose to move west

  • Your team will start with 20 token

    • You will have to make decisions and purchases using your tokens


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Land Grabbing: Explore

  • Situation Card:

    • You will play this game by picking “Situation Cards”

    • Each situation you will have to make a decision


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Land Grabbing: Explore

  • Play “Land Grabbing”


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • Return to your Graphic Organizer from the explore portion of the lesson

  • Revisit the terms, would you change anything?


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Land Grabbing: Explain

On the back of each of your cards is a list of words. Please categorize and write each word where you think it should belong in the chart below. When you are finished categorizing the words on the back of your cards, please discuss and list other words which relate to the chart below.


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • Reaction to the game “Land Grabbing”?


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • Draw a picture of what you thought your character looked like, what they wore and list their behaviors


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • Turn to neighbor who has a different character than you

  • Give your neighbor a brief summary of their character situations and explain the drawing.

  • Raise you hand if you drew a…

    • Woman

    • Native American

    • Mexican

    • African American

    • Child

    • Chinese

    • Japanese

    • Immigrant


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • Most stories from the West supported stereotypes about men

    • Young men could find freedom and opportunity

    • Resist the forces of civilization that had made easterners soft

    • Toughened the bodies and souls of young men

  • Stereotype is a fixed conception held by people about others.


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • However, there were more than just white men in the west

    • Women also traveled west

    • Chinese, African American, Japanese and other immigrants moved west

    • There were many African American and Mexican cowhands


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • The move west nearly destroyed Native Americans and their cultures


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Land Grabbing: Explain

  • The United States tried to assimilate Native Americans into the American culture through Native American Boarding Schools

    • Assimilation is the process by which people of one culture merge into and become part of another culture

  • Share some accounts with students


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Land Grabbing: Elaborate Please react to the following:

The common schoolsare the stomachs of the countryin which all people that come to usare assimilated within a generation.When a lion eats an ox,the lion does not become an oxbut the ox becomes a lion." … Henry Ward Beecher*


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Land Grabbing: Elaborate

  • Write a journal entry as if you were a Native American student in a boarding school.


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Land Grabbing: Closure

  • You should draw conclusions about the American westward expansion after the Civil War.

    • Why did people move west after the Civil War?

    • What resources were available and what occupations did people choose?

    • Describe the concepts of stereotype and assimilation?

    • What were the population dynamics of the American West?

    • How did Americans attempt to assimilate Native Americans into their culture?

    • Can you see assimilation in other parts of history or in current events today?


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Land Grabbing: Evaluate

  • You will make a flip book including key words, ideas and examples.

    • Pg 1: The American West after the Civil War

    • Pg 2: Native Americans

    • Pg 3: Miners

    • Pg 4: Ranchers

    • Pg 5: Farmers

    • Pg 6: Assimilation and Stereotypes

  • Use information from the entire lesson to finish this flipbook


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