Location, Location, Location: Arizona and the Gadsden Purchase

Lesson Plan Content
In this lesson students will gain a better understanding of the Gadsden Purchase, its key role in Western Expansion, the events leading up to the transaction, its opposition and final ratification, and the benefits the purchase provided to Arizona and the southwestern United States.
Keith White
Grade Range: 
High School
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
4: The physical and human characteristics of places
12: The processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement
13: How the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth's surface
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past