The American West - Unit 2 of the History GCSE
Use the links on the right to find Revision Resources, Past Questions and lesson resources to help you achieve your target grade!
If you are a visual learner, check out the useful film clips.
Who were the Native Americans?
Who were the Early Settlers?
- The Railroad
- Cowboys and Cattlemen
Law and Order - Why was the West Wild?
The Plains Wars
Key Information Sheets
Whole paper and Section A
Quizzes and Games
What makes an A/A* answer? Do you know? What extra could you do to secure an A or A*?
Do you know what makes a good conclusion?
A summary that recaps the main points. BUT ... it must have a clear decision about the most important reason/factor as well as links to other factors that may not be so important.
10 and 12 mark questions
Have you practised lots of 10 and 12 mark questions from the 'Practice Questions' section? The only way to get better at doing these questions is to practise! Remember, 3 to 4 factors in detail, plus a conclusion.
You get extra marks on the final question by ensuring you use excellent spelling and grammar as well as a lot of specialist vocabulary. Have you made a glossary? Do you know your Wyat Earp from your General Custer?
Suggested books you could read to help you with History
American West 970
The People of North America, C. Hatt
Native Americans, A. Hirsch Felder
The American West, S. Willoughby
The American West 1840-1895 The struggle for the Plains, D. Martin, C. Shepard
Revision Guide: SHP The American West and Medicine Through Time
Links to useful film clips
General revision films
Law and Order
Forum- Check out ideas from former students and add your own