Primary Source Exemplar: Life on the Move (view)

Units included with this Open Author resource:

Transportation Unit Overview
Informational Texts, U.S. Westward Expansion, Technology and Society, Automobiles, Early America, Technology and Change, Transportation, Immigration and Emigration, US History, Historical Change, Geography, Airplanes, Trains, Primary Source Exemplar, Industrial America
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1a, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1b, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1c, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1d
Lesson 1: Transportation on the Move
Lesson 2: The Impact of Transportation on our Landscape
Lesson 3: The Wright Brothers and the Kitty Hawk
Lesson 4: How Fast Can I Get There?
Culminating Activity: Final Performance Assessment


In this unit, students will explore the different forms of transportation over time—from the New World and early America, to present day—and their impact on society and the environment (Change and Continuity). They will explore the impact of the different forms of transportation on economics, migration, and geography (where people live and how they adapt their environment to their transportation need), as well as how to become critical readers by gathering information from a variety of primary and secondary sources to understand the impact of transportation on history.