Westward Expansion Thematic Unit
information, resources, and pictures on how to teach a thematic unit on Manifest Destiny for 8th Grade Social Studies
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12 flash cards to study important aspects of the Texas revolution
A list of important people of the Texas revolution with a brief explanation of why each made the list.
A song about the Texas revolution. There's no music to go with it, so it might be fun to work with students and figure out what tune this song could be sung to. I couldn't pin this link since there are no images to pin: masterdonalson.bl...
This was a really cool video that gives useful information as to what led up to westward expansion that would work as an intro video
This is a great activity you can play with the students. After they learn about what the travelers west had to deal with moving west they can make their own game similar to the idea of "Oregon Trails"
This show the most famous of trails that those moving west took, this would be very useful for the students to see so that they will have an idea of the types of features they had to go through to get west.
This was a really cool animated gif that shows the expansion west and how the United States formed to how it is today.
This is the famous painting that expressed the idea of manifest destiny. It also links to wikipedia description which the teacher should review beforehand to make sure that they too believe what is it saying before showing their students.
Google Image of nighttime population distribution. discussion prompt about the differences in East and Western US and how it influences distributions