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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 3. Evaluate westward movement in the United States before 1877

Objective a. Explain the political, economic, and social factors that motivated people to move west

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Assuming the perspective of a western settler in the first half of the 1800’s, students will write a journal or diary entries describing the moment that American decided to migrate from the eastern U.S. What were the primary reasons for this decision? What were the person’s hopes for their new life in the West?