There is nothing better to kick off your Westward Expansion unit than analyzing an image of Manifest Destiny – “American Progress”. Your students will begin the lesson with a 4-Corner activity discussing westward movement. They will then move to an image analysis activity to closely analyze the painting. After reading the 1 page handout on Manifest Destiny, they will create an act-it-out showing what they have learned.
In this resource you will receive:
–Image Analysis Questions Handout
-Informational Text 1 page reading on Manifest Destiny
5th Grade Social Studies TEKS
(4) History. The student understands political, economic, and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century. The student is expected to:
(C) identify significant events and concepts associated with U.S. territorial expansion, including the Louisiana Purchase, the expedition of Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny;
(20) Culture. The student understands the relationship between the arts and the times during which they were created. The student is expected to:
(A) identify significant examples of art, music, and literature from various periods in U.S. history such as the painting American Progress, “Yankee Doodle,” and “Paul Revere’s Ride”; and
(23) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including technology. The student is expected to:
(A) differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as technology; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States;
(B) analyze information by applying absolute and relative chronology through sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
(C) organize and interpret information in outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;
(D) identify different points of view about an issue, topic, historical event, or current event;
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