In this unit, students investigate key events and ideas in westward expansion during the antebellum period. They first use maps and images to learn the progression of territorial expansion and learn about the idea of manifest destiny. They then delve into Texas independence and annexation and identify and consider contrasting perspectives on these events, before engaging in an LDC module focused on the debates around the Mexican-American War. This LDC module closes with an argumentative essay. The final activity in the unit requires students to consider the different ways land was acquired and the impacts of that expansion on different groups of people. Throughout the unit, students read and analyze varied primary and secondary sources to build evidentiary claims, identify multiple perspectives, and consider causal relationships.
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U.S. Westward Expansion