For homework during my 8th grade US history units, I like to give students a chance to focus on the subjects they are interested in and give them choice in what kind of assignment they would like to do. I came up with weekly assignments for each unit I did, and am very happy with them.
Included is 4 weeks of assignments on Manifest Destiny, each with 3 different options. Not only can they choose an area they found interesting, but each week gives them a variety of ways to express it: including individual research, cooking, writing a song, doing an interview, and making a movie.
The way I cover Manifest Destiny, is to start with Native American Removal, move to lands the US gained from Mexico, and finish with US groups moving west. This is also the unit I use to focus on US geography. You'll see this reflected in the order and choices in the homework assignments, change as you wish!
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