[District Planner has this Unit scheduled for 4 weeks]
Geographic Understandings: Students will locate important places in the U.S.
Suggestion: Direct teacher instruction to review directions, latitude & longitude, map reading,
compass rose, and legends. Could use brief video clips, map handout/worksheets, and Google
Earth. Just make sure students can locate these places (both natural physical features and man-
made places) which are important landmarks tested on CRCT:
o Grand Canyon
o Salton Sea
o Great Salt Lake
o Mojave Desert
o Chisholm Trail – Unit 5
o Pittsburgh, PA
o Gettysburg, PA – Civil War Unit, Qtr. 2
o Kitty Hawk, NC – Unit 5
o Pearl Harbor, HI – Unit 6
o Montgomery, AL – Civil Rights Unit, Qtr.4
Suggestion: Teacher-Taught Lesson: population, transportation & resources influenced
industrial location in the U.S. between the end of the Civil War and 1900
Student Research/Project Topics:
♦ the Black Cowboys of Texas, cattle trails of late 19th
century, the Chisholm Trail & the
Great Western Cattle Trail
explain how price incentives affected decision to participate in cattle trails because of
increased beef prices
Anton Foster, Aaron Meyers, Harris Moorer
♦ the Wright Brothers, beginning of aviation, Kitty Hawk
Derke Colvin, Jack Connor, Jamorris Hart
♦ George Washington Carver (science, agriculture, research, education)
Xavier & Jensen (Alazea if still here)
♦ Alexander Graham Bell (inventions, science, communication, technology)
Janilya & Kate
♦ Thomas Edison (inventions, industry, electricity)
Nadarius & Jameria
♦ The Spanish-American War (include William McKinley & Theodore Roosevelt)
Andrew & Nathan
♦ The Panama Canal (include Theodore Roosevelt)
Describe how trade promotes economic activity, such as how the Panama Canal
increases trade between countries
Emma & Flora
♦ Immigration to the U.S. (why? Where did people emigrate from? Where did they settle?)
Nykia, Richeena & Riley
1. Research key people from the turn of the century (late 1800’s/early 1900’s)
Why is this person important to this time period?
o What was this person’s time period? Birth date? Death date?
Why is this person famous?
What impact did this person have on American life?
What influence did their background or childhood play in who they became?
What obstacles did this person have to overcome?
How did geography or location influence this person?
2. Research important events from the turn of the century (late 1800’s/early 1900’s)
Where did this event occur?
Why is this event important?
How did location or geography influence this event?
What change(s) occurred in the course of American history as a result of this
What were the short-term consequences of this event?
Were there any long-range consequences of this event?
How might the course of history been different if this event had not