Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!

Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny and Expansion Unit!
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Westward Expansion Unit: 13 lessons for Manifest Destiny / Westward Expansion Unit!

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This Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny Unit Plan is priced to save you significantly over buying each of the 13 items separately. Instead of paying over $45 for these 13 lessons separately, buy the bundle for only $29.99. Enjoy!

Each resource in the Westward Expansion Unit Bundle includes a paper, in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!

The Westward Expansion Unit contains the following items:

✔ 1.) Manifest Destiny - An Introduction! Students use three primary sources and the included PowerPoint to understand what Manifest Destiny was all about, as well as how people interpreted it in the mid-1800s!

✔ 2.) The Mexican-American War Bundle: 4 Engaging Resources to Teach The Mexican War!

✔ 2a.) Factors that Encouraged Texan Independence! Guided Notes to setup the Texan Revolution This resource guides students through four factors that encouraged Texas to fight for independence and become the Texan Republic. This is a great introduction to the Mexican-American War as it sets the groundwork for why, then, Texas became the 28th state to the United States.

✔ 2b.) Texas Independence and The Mexican-American War: Student Journalists Tell All! Students take on the role of journalists as they read text and complete graphic organizers on the Texan war for independence, then the subsequence Mexican-American War.

✔ 2c.) Causes of the Mexican-American War: A Mini DBQ! Students interpret and create! In this mini-DBQ, students interpret primary source evidence to understand the main causes of the Mexican-American War.

✔ 2d.) The Mexican-American War: Students evaluate excerpts to recognize bias! Introduce bias and perspective in a simple way with this textbook analysis on the Mexican-American War!

✔ 3.) The 1849 California Gold Rush: A Student Exploration! This best seller engages students on the California Gold Rush through a stations-based approach! Students learn about the 49ers, life out west, equality in Gold Country, and the growth of San Francisco!

✔ 4.) The Oregon Trail: Short Story Assignment Students analyze key details on the Oregon Trail and major landmarks they would visit along the way - then students brainstorm and create a story!

✔ 5.) Oregon Fever! What were the reasons for the fever? A Close Reading Assignment!

✔ 6.) On the Trail with Brigham Young! Students read an engaging source of a fictional traveler as they complete graphic organizer about the Mormon experience in traveling west.

✔ 7.) The Case for and against Manifest Destiny: A Class Debate! Enjoy this send-off to the Westward Expansion unit as student debate teams go all-out in arguing whether Expansion and Manifest Destiny were just, moral, and appropriate. This is always a class favorite!

✔ 8.) ✶ BEST SELLER ✶ The Donner Party: A CSI Investigation! What Happened To The Donner Party? This engaging and gripping CSI investigation places students with the Donner Party as they investigate their journals in their miserable trip west. Highly engaging!

✔ 9.) The Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion "I Can" Statements and Learning Goal Log! Use this set of "I Can" statements and the included Learning Goal Log to keep students accountable in this unit!

✔ 10.) The Age of Jackson and Manifest Destiny Test! Use this assessment, that covers both the Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion, to evaluate student learning on both units!


While not included, these add-ons are great supplements to this unit:

Westward Expansion & Manifest Destiny Guided PowerPoint!

Westward Expansion Escape Room: Crack Morse Code to Solve Puzzle!

Westward Expansion Interactive Notebook! Active Learning on Manifest Destiny!

Westward Expansion Primary Sources! Differentiated Warmups for Manifest Destiny!

Westward Expansion Trivia Challenge! Students Play Trivia to Review Manifest Destiny!

Westward Expansion DIGITAL Interactive Notebook


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By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
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