Q3W7: March 8-12

TeacherAndrew Wilson
Subject AreaUS History
Grade Level8
Week #27
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


  • Can explain the causes and effects of the Mexican American War
  • Can identify bias
  • Can concept the concepts of Manifest Destiny with the Mexican American War
  • Write a skit portraying an event during Westward Expansion
Classroom Activities

Day 1



Westward Expansion Notes – Manifest Destiny Notes

Textbook Bias – Textbook Bias 1 Textbook Bias 2 Textbook Bias WS

Day 2:

Bellringer/Vocab Review

Study Guide – Test next Mon/Tue Manifest Destiny Study Guide

Gold Rush – Textbook Pages 371-373

Westward Expansion Skit – Will be also done in class on Thu/Fri

  • Write a 30 second skit news broadcast portraying your event
  • Include:
  • Different motivations/perspectives of the people involved (4 pts)
  • 3 Important details of your topic (6 pts)
  • Pick on of the subjects:
  • Oregon Trail
  • Texas Independence
  • Mexican-American War
  • Gold Rush

Day 3


Finish/Present Skits

Manifest Destiny Packet – Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny Discussion

Assignments Due

Bias in Textbooks WS

Westward Expansion Skit

Manifest Destiny Packet

Test Next Mon/Tue!

Additional Resources

Manifest Destiny Notes