This is a collection of primary sources from the Westward Expansion period in US History. This collection contains documents such as portraits, pictures of artifacts, letters, etc. This collection is great for developing DBQ skills for 5th and 8th graders taking the NYS Social Studies assessment.


  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > Economics
  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Social Studies > Sociology
  • Social Studies > United States History

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  • Undergraduate-Lower Division


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-11-23.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a small collection of primary documents relating to Westward Expansion. There is a useful link to a website that provides some good information on analyzing primary sources from the past. The description provides an excellent suggestion for the documents to be used in teaching students about document based questions. The collection has some good materials with documents on Daniel Boone and the Louisiana Purchase. It is recommended that more resources are added in order to create a comprehensive collection on Westward Expansion.

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