Q3, Wk8

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #26
Unit of InstructionManifest Destiny
Standard(s) Taught

SS.8.A.4.1 Examine the causes, course, and consequences of United States westward
expansion and its growing diplomatic assertiveness (Texas Annexation,
Manifest Destiny, Oregon Territory, Mexican American War/Mexican
Cession, California Gold Rush, Gadsden Purchase).

SS.8.A.4.3 Examine the experiences and perspectives of significant individuals and
groups during this era of American History.


Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will experience life on the Oregon Trail. 

Students will be able to judge who was right in Texan Independence.

Students can explain what Manifest Destiny means.

Students will judge whether Manifest Destiny was positive or negative. 

Classroom Activities

Day 1: 



Overview of the Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail Game + WS

Day 2:

Texan Independence Notes and Discussion

Day 3:


Manifest Destiny iCivics Packet

“What does Manifest Destiny mean to you?” Poster

Assignments Due

Oregon Trail Reflection WS

Manifest Destiny Packet

Additional Resources