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ICivics provides great resources to cover Manifest destiny. These activities provide students with several different learning activities that focus on a variety of skills. All you need to do to have access to the lesson is register with ICivics.
Here is a breakdown of the resources and activities.
Teacher’s Guide (page 1): This is a good starting point. It is very detailed and provides you with a guideline on how to present the material.
Active Silent Sustained Reading or Class Reading: (Pages 2-3) Photocopy and distribute to the students. This reading provides some great background information about Manifest Destiny. For many of the Icivics lessons, creating a google slideshow can be useful. Teachers can create writing prompts, discussion questions, and more importantly find images that are included in the reading on the internet. Often these images are more detailed than the ones on the reading. Teachers also can enlarge the image for closer analysis. If a teacher elects to read as a class, he / she can bring up the image with each section.
The reading is divided into eight sections. Each section has an image to support the text. Below are some images you could place in your google slideshow or power point presentation.
Awesome Nation Seeks Growth Opportunity Caption: U.S. Constition The U.S. Constitution created a new kind of government – one governed bu “We the people”!
We’re All About Those Rights Caption: An 1834 Book about Slavery in the U.S. shows African American children serving food to a white family. (No image found)
Destined to Grow? Caption: Napoleon Image In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte sold the U.S the tract of land known as the Louisiana Purchase.
Manifest Destiny Caption: O’Sullivan’s article “Annexation” included the first use of “manifest destiny. Not much to analyze with this image
About That Whole “Taking Over” Thing… Caption: American settlers began moving west even before the United States owned the land.
Expanding Expectations Caption: 1846 map showing Texas. (Library of Congress)
Okay, Maybe We Do Mean Taking Over Caption: Patien Waiter are Not Losers (Library of Congress) 1897 drawing shows Uncle Sam waiting for Cuba, Hawaii, Canada, and central America to fall. Florida, Louisiana, Texas, California, and Alaska are already in the basket.
A Not-So-Civilized Attitude Caption: 1878 magazine cover shows Indians near a settler’s cabin, planning to commit “bloody murder.”
Informal Assessment: Manifest Destiny, Modern Times, or Both? (page 4) This section provides some great statements to start class discussion. A teacher can determine how much time to spend on this section. A teacher can also use all the statements or select a few to discuss. There is no need to create a print out for the students.
A. Expand that Land! (page 5, Activity p.1) This is a very good activity. Students are asked to shade areas of expansion for 1763, 1803, 1818, 1819, 1845, 1846, 1848, 1853. The sections to be shaded are clear. The actitivy requires the students to identify some of the major geography points in America. The “reference “map” identifies the Atlantic Ocen, Great Lakes (HOMES), Mississippi River, the Pacific Ocean, and, Mexico. It also provides a compass rose to help students identify the sections that need to be shaded. Each map gives a brief explanation of the land acquired. It is a great QUICK way to cover the concept of Manifest Destiny.
B. Technology Ho! (page 5, Activity p.1) Create the images to be shared in a power point. The slides are great for class discussion. Have students write the technology below each picture. DO AS A CLASS WITH GOOGLE SLIDES.
C. That “Manifest Destiny” Attitude (page 6 – Activity p.2): This section includes three different excerpts from primary sources. The primary sources are “An Act Making Provision for Civilization of the Indian Tribes Adjoining the frontier Settlements.” (March 3 1819), President Jackson’s Message to Congress on Indian Removal (1830), The Home Missionary (1867), There are quality activities including a word search which is rarely done in class. There are 6 questions that help develop skills.
It is helpful to provide a word bank for the word search. Listing the words on a google slide is one option. Word Bank: agriculture, cities, towns, civilization, improvements, farms, industry, liberty, art, religion, government , education
D. Spoils of War (page 7 – Activity p.3) There are five great questions to answer. The questions are great starting points for class discussion. The questions are great for teaching students to support a position. (Library of Congress)
E. American Progress (page 8 – Activity p.4)
(Create a slide for better clarity) Excellent set of questions. (Picturing United States History)
Ballot Questions (page 9) Teachers can use this with the closing activity.
A. Expand that Land! & B.Technology Ho! ANSWER KEY (page 10 – Activity p.1)
C. That “Manifest Destiny” Attitude ANSWER KEY (page 11 – Activity p.2)
D. Spoils of War ANSWER KEY (page 12 – Activity p.3)
E. American Progress NSWER KEY (page 13 – Activity p.4)