What is the American West?

Self-Paced Lesson 

Students answer the question What is the American West? by exploring their own ideas about the American West and how the Autry Museum defines the American West. Students also look at a map, explore the Autry Museum’s website, and create a piece of artwork that represents the American West.


Standards 

CA HSS: 4.4
CA HSS: 5.8
CA HSS: 8.8

CA VPA Creating—Anchor Standard 1
CA VPA Creating—Anchor Standard 2


Lesson and Resources

Lesson: What is the American West; Spanish

Student Response Sheet: What is the American West Fillable Student Response Sheet; Spanish


Associated Education Resources


Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments 

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Student groups create posters of their idea of the American West (Parts 1-3) and share out to class. Repeat in Part 6 for what they learned is the American West and share out to class. Gallery Walk for artwork.

Whole Class Distance Learning: Use Whiteboard, Jamboard, Padlet for class brainstorm on student ideas of American West (Parts 1-3). Repeat in Part 6 for what they learned is the American West. Present artwork in class PowerPoint or GoogleSlides.

Tech Fun: Display artwork in using Flipgrid or another presentation app.


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