In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn how the Erie Canal changed the U.S. economy and influenced settlement patterns in the west. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on how the effects of the Erie Canal on New York City, New York State, and the entire United States. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.
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