Is getting bigger better? US Expansion, 1775-1860 Statement of Inquiry: Growth over time, place, and space influences fairness and development. Inquiry questions: -How did the USA change over time, place and space between 1789 and 1860? -Should nations grow and expand? -Was the development of the USA fair?
Day 1: What are the physical regions and resources of the USA today? --Label map of the USA physical --Films: Nova “Treasures of the Earth: Power”
Day 2:How did the USA expand? --Organizer: LA Purchase --Discussion: Is Thomas Jefferson a hypocrite?
Day 2/3:What challenges were faced by American settlers? --Organizer: Settling new territory --Sacagawea short film --Film: Cumberland Gap, History of US: 3 --Primary source: John Donelson’s Diary --Settling new territory: Tennessee --Reading from History of US: “Another Fine Cow Died Today”
Day Four:What is Manifest Destiny? --Organizer: Manifest Destiny --Painting analysis: “American Progress” --Map, US Expansion 1800-1860
Day five:How did expansion cause conflict? --Revisit NW and SW Ordinances, LA Purchase --Organizer: Missouri Compromise --Big Idea: What questions have to be answered every time the USA expands?
Day Six/Seven:Who cares about the War of 1812? Organizer: War of 1812 Song Analysis: The Star Spangled Banner Film: We Still Remain: Tecumseh’s Vision Reading: “As Long as Grass Grows and Water Runs” Organizer: The Monroe Doctrine
Day Eight:How were Indians “Removed?” --Reading, “A Terrible Choice” --Reading: “A Soldier Remembers the Trail of Tears” --Brochure: Trail of Tears --Film: We Shall Remain: Trail of Tears
Day Nine:How and why did settlers move West? --Review: Settling new territory --Organizer: The Oregon Trail --Reading from History of US: “Getting There”
Day Ten:Why not mess with Texas? --Add new territory to expansion map --Organizer: The Mexican War --Review: questions to be asked each time the USA expands
Day Eleven:Does California REALLY know how to party? --Film: Treasures of the Earth: Power and Treasures of the Earth: Metal --Organizer: California Gold Rush --Film: History of US
Day Twelve:How did expansion cause conflict? --Review: Missouri Compromise --Organizer: The Compromise of 1850 --Organizer: The Kansas Nebraska Act --Complete Expansion Map
Day Thirteen:How did expansion cause the Civil War? --Review conflicts --Organizer: The Dred Scott Decision --Reading: History of US, “A Dreadful Decision”
Day Fourteen: Essay—The Expansion of the USA was/was not worth the conflict created.