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The Pony Express, Telegraph and Railroad

The Pony Express, Telegraph and Railroad

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Are you looking for a great teaching unit on the Pony Express and the Railroads in California? This unit has everything you need to introduce your students to U.S. westward expansion in California.

With this unit, your students will be engaged as they learn about the story and lasting influence of the Pony Express, Overland Mail Service, Western Union, and the transcontinental railroad, including the contributions of Chinese workers to its construction.

This no-prep unit contains everything you need to cover the key features of this topic in an easy-to-understand way!

This product covers the following standards:

California History/Social Science Content Standard 4.4.1

Our Product Includes

  • PowerPoint format presentation (11 pp)
  • PDF format presentation (11 pp)
  • Warm-up activity (1 p)
  • 2-3 page teacher background text to help you answer student questions
  • 1 page student nonfiction informational text
  • Guided notes activity (1-2 pp)
  • Reading comprehension activity based on the slide show and informational text
  • Assessment quiz based on the slide show and informational text
  • Includes answer keys for reading comprehension activity and quiz
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