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The Westward Expansion collection focuses on the events from 1800 to 1900 in what would become the American West. Students experience a region and time period marked by conflict, controversy, and adventure. The collection covers such topics as the Transcontinental Railroad, Chinese immigration, the Gold Rush, cowboys, buffalo soldiers, Black pioneers, Native American resistance, the Mexican-American War, missions, the Pony Express, and slavery.

Available for Grades 7-8 and in SchoolPace Connect® for Grade 7 and 8
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Thematic Research Library

Students use the Thematic Research Library to research their individual topics using the best informational books drawn from more than 250 publishers.

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* All materials shown are a representative sample. Actual titles may vary based on availability.

What's Included in this Module?

Research Lab Module
The Research Lab Integrated Literacy Block Module includes the following:

  • Instructional Framework1 Teacher Copy
  • Final Project Organizer1 Teacher Copy
  • Research Cards30 Student Copies
  • Writing Cards30 Student Copies
  • Anchor Titles2-5 Titles
  • Core Text(s)30 Student Copies Each
  • Thematic Research Library100 Classroom Titles
  • Text by Jeffrey Wilhelm1 Teacher Copy
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À la carte Items

Leveled Baskets and Text Sets are available to purchase separately from the full Research Lab module.

Individual Basket

20 titles

Thematic Research Library

100 titles

Theme-Related Folders

30 copies

Student Blank Books

30 copies

Job Embedded PD

1 Day of Professional Learning

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