Westward Expansion-The Louisiana Purchase plus Lewis & Clark for Special Ed



Total Pages 132 pages plus 28 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on The Louisiana Purchase contains over 100 pages of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle or high school. It addresses main events and involved in the Louisiana Purchase including the expedition by Lewis and Clark. All the information is presented in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material. In addition, many of the activities and assessment include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation.

✩✩✩ There are now digital versions of the activities from this unit. There are 28 google slides (including a differentiated set) as well as a movie of the book.

✩✩✩ There are also 9 days of DETAILED LESSON PLANS with lots of suggested activities you can do with the included materials.

See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


The Louisiana Purchase Unit Includes:

  • 9 days worth of detailed lesson plans
  • 21 page book on The Louisiana Purchase PLUS a pre-recorded PowerPoint show (includes movie)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 9 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Matching activities (includes digital version)
  • Maps (includes digital version)
  • Writing Prompt (includes digital version)
  • Close worksheets for review (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)

Most activities (not book) are in color and BW.


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.


As always please take a moment to leave feedback or post any questions you may have. 

I am currently developing more units, and any feedback I get helps me make improvements in the future. Plus, it just means a lot to me.