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Deciding to Move West! (Grade A Example)
Transcript of Deciding to Move West! (Grade A Example)
By: Mrs. Santiago
Glimpse of the Great Plains
Reasons to Move West
Push Factors- negative situations that made people want to leave
- African American Discrimination in the South
- Overcrowded Cities
Pull Factors- positive situations that make people want to go
- opportunities to own land (Homestead Act)
- strike it rich finding gold or silver
The Transcontinental Railroad made travel to the west much faster and much safer. A trip that used to take 6 months now took 6 days!
The transcontinental Railroad helped to deliver supplies and goods to settlers in the West.
The TCRR also made shipment of raw materials to factories more efficient.
The TCRR also made the mail order catalog a possible idea.
Climate and Geography
The climate in the West is arid, dry. There is very little rainfall throughout the year. This lack of rainfall and arid climate leads to frequent dust storms. The Great Plains is very flat and has very little trees.
Deciding to Move West!
Grade A Exemplar
Inventions in the West
Transcontinental Railroad- a railroad that stretch from east to west making transportation easier, faster, and safer.
Barbed Wire Fence- with a lack of wood to build traditional fences, the barbed wire fence kept your animals on your farm, and kept dangerous animals off your farm.
Sod Houses- with a lack of wood to build traditional houses, people used sod bricks to construct houses on the plains.
Steel Plow- the ground on the plains was strong and difficult to plow for crops, the steel plow helped the job along.
Windmills- helped pull water from deep in the ground so people would have drinking water and water for their needs.
The steel plow was essential to agriculture success on the plains. This invention allowed for easier field plowing.
You don't want coyotes eating your cows! A barbed wire fence keeps farm animals safe for farmers in the plains.