What is Westward Expansion?

During the 19th Century, more than 1.6 million square kilometers (a million square miles) of land west of the Mississippi River was acquired by the United States federal government. This led to a widespread migration west, referred to as Westward Expansion. A variety of factors contributed to Westward Expansion, including population growth and economic opportunities on what was presented to be available land. Manifest Destiny … Continue reading What is Westward Expansion?

Weekly Warm-Up: Your Community Migration Story

Which is more important: understanding where you are from or understanding the world beyond that place? Trick question. In our increasingly interconnected world, it is becoming more and more important for our students to both understand their own community and how it connects and compares to a broader world. A Community Migration Story In this activity, students have an opportunity to make these connections through … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Your Community Migration Story

Who Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day?

WORLD Estimates for the size of the “Irish diaspora” vary hugely, from three million to 70 million depending on who is talking. Where are they? (Irish Times) Use our mapping and instructional resources to learn more about the Irish diaspora and push and pull factors involved in such migration. Then, learn a little about St. Patrick’s Day—or should that be St. Maewyn’s Day?—in This Day … Continue reading Who Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day?

Everybody is Moving to . . .

UNITED STATES It has green forests and bike friendly cities, and—despite the rain—it’s the top destination for people who moved out of state in 2014. (CNN Money) Map your favorite parts of this most favorable state. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through the results of the United Van Lines survey of where Americans moved … Continue reading Everybody is Moving to . . .