Unit 5
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The Irish and Building the West

Background and Rationale:

The purpose of this unit is to provide context on the burgeoning West at the time of Famine Irish migration to Iowa. This unit is designed for American Studies grades ten to twelve , complete with resources and activities.

Why study the American West? Iowa is a part of the West, and this is our history.

Components of this unit are:

Lesson #8: The Irish move West

Lesson #9: Farming in Iowa
-QARS Chart
-QARS Questionnaire: the Farm Depression
-Reading #4: The Life of the Immigrant Irish in rural Southwestern Iowa