Manifest Destiny Teacher Resources
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War & Expansion
How did the United States come to acquire two of its largest states? Your class members will learn about the sequence of events that led to and immediately followed the acquisition of Texas and California, including the Mexican-American...
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Manifest Destiny and the War with Mexico
Explore the causes and effects of the Mexican-American War with this fantastic resource, a two-week unit of eight lessons on such topics as Manifest Destiny, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and the annexation of Texas. The unit...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The Louisiana Purchase: Reading and Quiz
In need of informational text and a related quiz regarding the Louisiana Purchase? Here are four pages containing basic information on Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Manifest Destiny, and the Louisiana Purchase, plus a 15-question quiz.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Brief American Pageant: Manifest Destiny and its Legacy
Frame your lecture about Manifest Destiny around these maps, which portray the extended boundaries of various American territories in the 19th century. Campaigns of the Mexican War, and a map of the Spanish Missions on the West Coast are...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
8th Grade U.S. History Task Study Packet
Even a cumulative review can include main ideas, key events, supporting details, and critical thinking. An excellent 8th grade history review is yours for the taking. It includes topics that range from the thirteen colonies to post Civil...
8th Social Studies & History
First Nations vs. Euro-Americans
Students analyze primary and secondary source documents to help them describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and new settlers. Then, students analyze the purpose, challenges, and economic incentives...
7th - 9th Social Studies & History
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Students examine journals and documents to investigate Lewis and Clark's explorations and how they relate to the concept of Manifest Destiny. They consider the impact of modern civilization to some of the areas Lewis and Clark wrote about.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Factors Contributing To the U.S. Dominance of the Pacific Northwest
Students examine the painting Columbia by John Gast. They discuss the concept of Manifest Destiny and the role of different groups (miners, missionaries, fur trappers, farmers, etc.) in the Americanization of the West. In groups, they...
6th - 11th Social Studies & History
Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion
Middle schoolers discover how manifest destiny and westward expansion are related. Using the Internet, they research the beginnings of the movement of manifest destiny and how it influenced people moving westward. They discuss the...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Manifest Destiny and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Beginning with a thorough presentation on the concept of Manifest Destiny and background information on the Louisiana Purchase, your young historians will then consider the demands of the Lewis and Clark expedition and compose journal...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Postcards From the American West
Why did people move westward in the United States? Your young historians will examine the experiences of various groups on the American frontier, from a miner working near the Comstock Lode in Nevada, to an Apache chief from the...
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable