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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 expectations and motivations of citizens settling in the west.
Students examine why the concept of manifest destiny was important to Americans. They research perspectives on the Mexican War. They participate in a debate with their classmates.
Students explore the concept of Manifest Destiny. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students discuss the impact of Manifest Destiny on different groups of people who inhabited the West. Students create journals about the topic.
Students explore the concept of manifest destiny as practiced in the 1840s. They discuss how contemporary maps of the 1840s influenced United States expansion in the 1840s and analyze the relationship between manifest destiny and democracy.
Eleventh graders explore the definition of 'Manifest Destiny' and its importance to Westward Expansion.  In this U.S. History lesson, 11th graders work in small groups to write an essay that explains 'Manifest Destiny.'
Complete with maps, photographs, and historical documents, this presentation would be a great resource throughout a unit about mid-19th century America. Manifest Destiny, Texas Independence, the Oregon Trail, and the Mexican War are all featured topics of this slideshow.
Students study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history lesson plan, students study the altered environments of settlers and Native Americans, the conflicts between the groups, the reservation system, and the ethics of Manifest Destiny. As assessment, students write position papers or create demonstrations to make a judgment on the past and demonstrate understanding of both pioneer and native perspectives.
Students begin the activity by discussing the causes and effects of the movement west. Using primary sources, they develop their own definition for manifest destiny. In groups, they view examples of paintings and read poems on the topic. They compare and contrast how the idea of manifest destiny is shown through the two mediums.
Students explore the concept of Manifest Destiny. In this Westward Movement lesson plan, students prepare for a debate on Manifest Destiny by researching print and digital resources. Students also design informational brochures about the Mexican-American War and its implications.
Students examine the concept of Manifest Destiny and the United States. They analyze the Mexican War from the perspective of the Mexicans and the Indians. They write an essay about these different perspectives.
In this online interactive history learning exercise, students respond to 12 matching questions regarding Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny. Students may check their answers immediately.
Students examine how Americans justified Westward Expansion. In this American history lesson, students watch a Manifest Destiny Powerpoint presentation and discuss each slide. Students participate in a class discussion about Manifest Destiny and the theory of "American Exceptionalism."
Fourth graders examine the beliefs of Manifest Destiny and its role in the California Gold Rush. They analyze a painting to gather information about Manifest Destiny.
Students examine the role of commerce in the United States to help fulfill Manifest Destiny. They write commercials that could have been used by the Mexicans or Americans during the Mexican War.
In this Westward Expansion worksheet, students read assigned textbook pages which describe  Manifest Destiny and respond to 33 short answer questions.
Sixth graders observe slides and discuss manifest destiny where obtaining land was and still is an important part of American culture. In this manifest destiny lesson plan, 6th graders answer short answer questions about manifest destiny.
Eighth graders examine the United States during the period of Manifest Destiny. They discuss any policies that helped the United States change in size and investigate maps of the area in different years. They also relate the topics back to the five themes of Geography.
Learners identify the implications of Manifest Destiny. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation on the topic and then respond to questions based on the details of the presentation.
Eighth graders consider how Westward Expansion affected Native Americans. In this Manifest Destiny lesson, 8th graders research the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Dawes Act of 1897 to determine how the laws impacted Native Americans.
In these manifest destiny worksheets, students read the definition for manifest destiny and its appearance in America in the 1840s. Students learn about the Homestead Act and study a painting of a depiction of manifest destiny.

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