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The West

The West

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching the WestTeacher Pass

Teaching the West Teacher Pass includes:

  • Assignments & Activities
  • Reading Quizzes
  • Current Events & Pop Culture articles
  • Discussion & Essay Questions
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Related Readings in Literature & History

Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • Why do you suppose so much of American mythology is wrapped around the West?
      • Is it more romantic?
      • It is more attractive?
      • Is it the most distinctive aspect of America?
      • Is "conquering the West" one of America's greatest historical achievements?
      • What part of the "real story" seems most out of synch with the popular mythology?