Students learn about Westward Expansion by analyzing the American Progress painting. Students also tell their own American West story by interviewing family members and creating art.
CA HSS 8.8.2.
Lesson and Resources
Student Response Sheet: Westward Expansion ARt Analysis Student Response Sheet; Spanish
- Lesson: Six Trails West
- Lesson Trails West Map Analysis
- Webinar: Transportation Across the American West
- Educational Video: Six Trails West Video
- Lesson: Art Analysis
Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments
Whole Class In-Person Learning: Student Groups for Parts 1-6, analyzing artwork then class share out. Individual student presentations or Gallery Walk of student stories.
Whole Class Distance Learning: Screen Share Image and ask questions OR Jamboard with image and ask students respond via virtual stickies. Use breakout rooms for Parts 4-6, groups making a hypothesis of artist's intentions and analyzing information about the art work and artist.
Tech Fun: Use Jamboard or Padlet to analyze painting; Google Tours to add people's ancestry lines add photos, descriptions, videos; Use Jamboard or Padlet to share answers to graphic organizer questions.
Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:
AIR CONDITIONING DEPOT • AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL • PHYLLIS H. BARBATO • MOLLY AND NEAL H. BROCKMEYER • CAROLE E. BUSS • THE CAPITAL GROUP COMPANIES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION • FRANK H. COUNTNER AND SUSAN L. COUNTNER • DWIGHT STUART YOUTH FUND • EDISON INTERNATIONAL • DAVID F. EISENBERG • THE KENNETH T. AND EILEEN L. NORRIS FOUNDATION • MAX H. GLUCK FOUNDATION • CARL W. ROBERTSON AND SUSAN W. ROBERTSON • ANN C. RONUS AND ROBERT E. RONUS • BRENDA AND GARY RUTTENBERG • THE STEINMETZ FOUNDATION • THELMA PEARL HOWARD FOUNDATION • UNION BANK • U.S. BANK