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Welcome to the Journeys West unit!

A painting of a covered wagon pulled by oxen on a trail beside a river and passing through the mountains.
In the 19th century, large numbers of Americans migrated—or moved—from the eastern United States to the western half of North America. They went in search of a better life: more space, farmland, and even gold. But these were Native American lands, and the mostly white settlers didn't ask for permission to pass through or live there.
In this unit, you will:
  • Learn about the history of the Americans who moved west, and how their movements affected Native peoples
  • Read about the experience of Native peoples who were forced to leave their homes and go on a dangerous journey
  • Read a poem and a story that give different perspectives on the West
  • Watching videos to help you understand what good readers and writers do
  • Reading and answering questions about literary and informational texts
  • Learning new academic words
In order to answer the essential question: How does human migration affect the people who migrate and those who were already there?

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