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Westward Expansion: A Dear America Activity

Scholastic’s reading activity tells the fascinating story of how American pioneers trekked into the unknown western frontier during the 1800s.



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Scholastic’s Dear America: Westward Expansion reading activity covers a thrilling time in American history, when adventurers pushed westward to explore an ever-moving frontier in the 1800s.


Students learn how the pioneers lived and the difficulties they encountered, what inspired their travels, how they fought with Native Americans and Mexicans, and how they ultimately settled in Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, California, and other western states. A timeline at the conclusion of the article offers a chronological frame of reference. 









Susan Cheyney

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