The purpose of this lesson is to analyze political, social, and economic factors that led to westward expansion from 1800-1850 and Manifest Destiny. Students will investigate events the led to Florida and Texas becoming states in The United States of America.
The lesson includes an activity comparing primary sources. Students will compare the Texas Declaration of Independence, the United States Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. Students will have to find evidence to support a claim. The lesson will conclude with an assessment question on an exit ticket.
This is an engaging lesson that will encourage student discussion. Included is a scripted lesson plan, seven sources (primary and secondary sources), and questions. Some questions are simple recall questions, since the purpose of the lesson is to learn the Social Studies content using literacy. Other questions are higher-order thinking questions.