Westward Expansion

Westward Expansion Unit Scope

This document supports teachers in organizing the content and tasks for a unit of study.

Essential Questions

These questions guide teachers in driving instruction for students.

How did Westward Expansion...

  • affect our nation’s geography, population, and demographics?
  • generate conflict?
  • result in economic gains and losses?
  • teacher’s choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Louisiana Purchase Manifest Destiny Impact on Communities

Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

This section is organized by subtopic so that teachers can match relevant content to critical themes. These articles can help you target student understanding for each key topic.

Louisiana Purchase Manifest Destiny Impact on Communities

Primary Sources: Jefferson’s Message on the Lewis & Clark Expedition

The Explorers: Meriwether Lewis

The Explorers:William Clark

Manifest Destiny and annexing California and Texas

Expansion & Reform: Remembering the Alamo

The Oregon Trail

Presidential Profile: James K Polk

Time Machine (1910): Arizona and New Mexico become states

Primary Sources: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Primary Sources: Andrew Jackson’s Letter to the Cherokee

Primary Sources: Andrew Jackson’s Message “On Indian Removal”

Time Machine (1838): The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears

Expansion & Reform: The Indian Removal Act

Primary Sources: The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

Expansion and Reform: Technology of the 1800s

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teacher can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

Louisiana Purchase Manifest Destiny Impact on Communities

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

Primary Sources: Jefferson’s Message on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

 

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: How did commerce affect the decision to move West and the relationship with Native Americans?

Prompt B: What were the benefits and challenges of  being an explorer during this time? How was it connected to political positions?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

 

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

Manifest Destiny and annexing California and Texas

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: What role did religion play in the belief of Manifest Destiny? How did that belief affect Texas and California in particular?

Prompt B: How did the concept of the “unknown” affect communities that moved West?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

Expansion & Reform: The Indian Removal Act

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: In what ways did policy makers justify the Indian Removal Act in the same way as Great Britain oppressed the thirteen colonies

Prompt B: How did Andrew Jackson’s construction of Native American peoples and culture in his message play to his audience?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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