At the end of this tutorial, students will be able to:
During the Civil War Era, there were a number of reasons why settlers were pushed and/or pulled to the West. These may have been personal reasons based on their experiences in the Civil War, they may have been to escape the evils that they saw in the East, they may have accepted the offers of cheap land from the government, or they may have been looking to "strike it rich." Whatever the reason, by the end of the 19th Century, there was no more frontier in the United States.
Please make sure that you have viewed both tutorials on the push and pull factors of Westward Expansion during the Civil War Era and that you prepare for the Socratic Seminar that we will be having tomorrow.
Tomorrow, we will be conducting a socratic seminar as to why people moved West after the Civil War.
What this means is that 1/2 of you will start the class in an inner circle discussing the "push factors," while the other 1/2 of you are in an outside circle taking notes, takeaways, thoughts, etc. about the matter. After 20 minutes we will switch and the group that was on the outside will move to the inner circle and discuss the "pull factors," while those started on the inner circle will move to the outer circle to take notes, takeaways, thoughts, etc. You will not find out which circle you are in until tomorrow when you get to class.
What I am asking you to do to prepare for this is to come to class with three questions for the "Push" factors and three questions for the "Pull factors. The three questions for each should be as follows:
When you come to class, you will be divided in to two groups. You will have 5 minutes to go over the questions that you have and make sure that you are ready to be a part of the discussion.
THIS IS NOT A DEBATE! It is a discussion about why people moved West, not whether one reason was more important than another. Because you are developing discussion questions, you should work to develop questions that further discussion. Try to avoid questions that provide a "yes or no" answer. Your group will be responsible for 20 minutes worth of discussion, so please keep that in mind.