This is an exciting worksheet that delves into the economic, political and social aspects of Manifest Destiny. The worksheet includes a great do now activity which includes a primary source, a video activity from brainpop, a document activity with primary sources and an exit ticket. There is an extension activity that you can have students do as well. Bring in a box of chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks and have students replicate the mining for gold aspect of the gold rush. Students always enjoy that.
The do now includes an excerpt from John O’Sullivan, "The Great Nation of Futurity," 1839. Students will be required to answer a series of guided questions from the excerpt and this will be an excellent opportunity to have a classroom discussion based on the students findings.
The following page has a series of short answer questions that can be answered through a video clip from brain pop or can be answered using students prior knowledge about the topic.
Students will then answer a series of reading documents about Manifest Destiny.
-Document 1 includes an excerpt from the women who protest at the lowel mill
-Document 2 focuses on the California Gold Rush
-Document 3 focuses on the Homestead act of 1862
Students can either be assigned all three documents at once or can be distributed into a jigsaw fashion.
Students will fill out a graphic organizer based on the reading and exchange their findings.
An an exit will be included to summarize the lesson.
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