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Unit Theme

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6-day Unit
Here Comes the Iron Horse

Social Studies: Wyoming History

With reading and writing elements

Unit Objectives:

1. Students should know
§ Rock Springs History
§ Where Wyoming is Located
§ That Wyoming was not a state during the construction of the
Railroad
2. Students will understand
§ How the railroad shaped Wyoming becoming a territory
§ How it started population of the territory
§ The hardships of the railroad to various groups (ex/ Native
Americans, immigrants, and workers)
3. Students will be able to
§ Understand where the railroad was located in Wyoming
§ Who worked on the railroad
§ Specific dates important to the railroad in Wyoming
§ How they built the railroad in the Wyoming area and other
neighboring territories
4. Students will know the following vocabulary words

§ Transcontinental
§ Laborer
§ Railcar
5. Students will know the following concepts
§ Transcontinental Railroad
§ Union Pacific
§ Central Pacific
§ Golden Spike
§ Iron Horse
Utah common core standards:
• Standard 2
Students will understand how Utah's (Wyoming) history has been shaped
by many diverse people, events, and ideas.
o Objective 1
Describe the historical and current impact of various cultural groups
on Utah (Wyoming).

Wyoming common core standards:
• WY.4. Content Standard: Time, Continuity and Change
o Students demonstrate an understanding of the people, events,
problems, ideas, and cultures that were significant in the history of
our community, state, nation and world.
§ 4.3. Benchmark:
• Students describe the chronology of exploration,
immigration and settlement of Wyoming.

Essential Questions:

How did the Transcontinental Railroad shape the Wyoming Territory?

What was it like to be an immigrant working on the railroad in the 1800’s?

Understandings:
The transcontinental railroad was an occasion for the country to become united.

Outline:
• Day 1
o Pre assessment for the unit
§ test
• Day 2
o Sort the patterns: an intro into the transcontinental railroad in
Wyoming
§ Group work
• Exit ticket
• Day 3
o Video and highlight of unit in Prezi
§ Using information from the textbook
• Exit ticket
• Day 4
o Read to gain more information

§ Coolies by Yin read aloud
• Exit ticket
• Day 5
o Project day (writing prompt)
• Day 6
o Post assessment of the unit
§ test