New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum
NY.RH.5-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Craft and Structure
RH.5-8.4. Determine the meanings of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
RH.5-8.5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RH.5-8.10. By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 5-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
NY.7P. Grade 7: Social Studies Practices
7P.A. Gathering, Interpreting, and Using Evidence
7P.A.1. Define and frame questions about the United States that can be answered by gathering, interpreting, and using evidence.
7P.A.5. Make inferences and draw general conclusions from evidence.
7P.B. Chronological Reasoning
7P.B.3. Identify causes and effects, using examples from current events, grade-level content, and historical events.
NY.7. History of the United States and New York State I
7.6. WESTWARD EXPANSION: Driven by political and economic motives, the United States expanded its physical boundaries to the Pacific Ocean between 1800 and 1860. This settlement displaced Native Americans as the frontier was pushed westward. (Standards: 1, 3; Themes: ID, MOV, TCC, GEO)
7.6c. Westward expansion provided opportunities for some groups while harming others.
7.6c.1. Students will examine the Erie Canal as a gateway to westward expansion that resulted in economic growth for New York State, economic opportunities for Irish immigrants working on its construction, and its use by religious groups, such as the Mormons, to move westward.