K-12 Lesson Plans


The Western History Association has partnered with the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies to provide K-12 History of the West lesson plans as a resource for educators.  Each year, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies awards four $500 scholarships for teachers who submit an exemplary lesson on the History of the American West. Below you will find lesson plans reflecting a wide range of topics in Western History.

Lesson 1: Technology in the West submitted by Lindsey Passenger Wieck


Lesson 2: Native American Boarding Schools: Attachment A; Attachment B; Attachment C; submitted by Mathew LaMore*

Lesson 3: Transcontinental Railroad: Attachment A; Attachment B; Attachment C; Attachment D; Attachment E; Attachment F; Attachment G; submitted by Veronica Arce*

Lesson 4: Land Grabbing: Attachment A; Attachment B; Attachment C; Attachment D; Attachment E; Attachment F; Attachment G; Attachment H; submitted by Sarah Brynaert*

Lesson 5: A Day in the Life . . . Japanese Internment Camps submitted by Drew Clary*

Lesson 6: Cattle Becomes Big Business submitted by Mitchell Bradford*

Lesson 7: Government and Business in the Progressive Era: Attachment A; Attachment B; Attachment C; Attachment D; Attachment E; submitted by Berta Simic*

To submit your lesson plans for consideration, please email westernhistoryassociation@gmail.com.

*Designates Charles Redd Center Teaching Award Winner. For more information about the Charles Redd Center teaching award please click HERE.





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