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Teach your students to become high-quality art critics in this engaging activity!
This is a great supplemental resource for any teachers who are working on a unit in Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion. In this lesson, students will start by sharing initial reflections and observations on John Gast's, "American Progress." Students will then read and annotate the reading provided on Manifest Destiny complete the questions on the following page. A KEY IS PROVIDED!
This supplemental activity typically lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and works very well in a middle school curriculum. It challenges students to pay close attention to details in a primary source, search for context clues, and synthesize key details.
[Readings adapted from http://www.ushistory.org/us/29.asp]