"The Incredible Westward Movement" Musical Play

Musical Play: "Incredible Westward Movement" (INCR-PL)

4.60 stars, based on 5 reviews
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Murwood Keyspot - Walnut Creek, CA

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  • reinforces lessons learned in classroom
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Great Westward Movement

This is a great history lesson set to music. The children ages 6-11 have really been enjoying rehearsals, and are looking forward to our show.

Fairfield, Nebraska

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  • Perfect for Third Grade!
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Incredible Westward Movement

My Third Grade class is preparing to perform the musical, "Incredible Westward Movement." The kids LOVE the songs! We recently had a field trip and they sang all the songs during our bus ride! The lyrics reinforce what we've been learning in our Westward Expansion Unit in Social Studies, and truly make the characters come alive. The students are especially excited to learn about the specific character they are playing in the musical. Thanks for helping to make learning so much fun!

Boise, Idaho

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  • Simple to learn
  • right length
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  • dated
  • cultural appropriation

Learning outcomes shared with song and dance.

We presented the play "Incredible Westward Movement" with our 3/4 grade class, as they are studying Idaho History. The students loved the play, and the sense of humor was right on for this grade level. The songs were easy to learn, and the historical content was there.

I always struggle with the white-washing and retelling of Manifest Destiny, without a conversation of the cost to First Nations. I appreciated the addition of the Trail of Tears, however I was unsure how to cast a group of non-native students in those roles. Sacagawea was similarly challenging.

Overall, the play was a hit. Students and parents reacted positively to the performance and it was really fun for them to demonstrate their learning with singing and dancing, rather than writing an essay or taking a test.
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Ohio

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  • Plenty of roles
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  • Music can be difficult

Lots of content, plenty of parts for all

Overall, this is a fun and easy to use script. The music is a little tricky, down beats and complicated counts, but practicing with the music including lyrics helped the students. Great opportunities for social studies lessons throughout! Older students think the jokes are lame, but younger elementary love it.

Sargent, Nebraska

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  • helpful teachers' manual
  • songs
  • appropriate for 4th grade
  • connects to History curriculum
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The Incredible Westward Movement

This is a fantastic resource! I have read the teacher's manual front to back several times and feel 100% equipped to direct this play in a successful fashion. My students are really enjoying the songs and it lines up so well with the westward expansion unit in our History curriculum. Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into creating this amazing work, it is so appreciated by this 4th grade, and very novice theatre, teacher!

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