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Unit #7: Westward Expansion - The Mexican-American War!
Learning Target: I can CREATE a digital map showing the major battles and significant individuals during the Mexican-American War.

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Follow the directions below.  You will be creating a tab for your learning targets and a page for this assignment. 
 
 1.  Copy the learning target above into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

 2.  Create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "Mexican-American War". 

 3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" option. 


Wagon Leader Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: Causes of the Mexican-American War
 
1.  In the 1840's America's Manifest Destiny led it to war with Mexico!  The war played a key role in the future of each nation.  Mexico lost nearly half of their nation's territory while the United States reached its
     Manifest Destiny and stretched from sea to shinning sea!   As wagon leader, be sure to introduce this idea to your wagon group.  In this lesson, you will be learning about why the United States went to war
     with Mexico in the 1840s.  You will also be exploring some of the major military actions and battles during the war.  Finally, your group will need to learn and understand the results of the Mexican-American
     War.  Beware for this lesson will not be easy!  You and your wagon group will be "seeing the elephant" and will be traveling all the way to Mexico City with the American Army!

2.  Ask your wagon group to explore boxes 1 - 10 in the materials about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War".  As wagon leader, you must make sure that each member of your wagon group is taking their
     time to really look at each resource.  If your wagon group members try to rush though the assignment, play games, message each other, etc. you could have some serious problems on the trail. 

    

3.  Ask each member of your wagon group to make a list of all of the reasons the Mexian-American War began based on the materials  they explore.  Ask each member of your wagon group to make a list of these
    "Causes of the Mexican-American War" in their LiveBinder text box.

4.  Now as wagon leader, organzie a discussion about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War."  Ask each member of your group to go over their list of causes with the rest of the group.  Check to be sure that
     they have the following causes: Border dispute between Texas and Mexico, Manifest Destiny, Mexico's refusal to sell California, and others.

5.  As wagon leader, help your wagon group write a well written paragraph about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War" in the wagon leader's LiveBinder textbox.  The wagon leader must be sure to include
     all of the "Causes of the Mexican-American War" as well as details about each cause.  Your group members should help you write the paragraph after your discussion.   

6.  When this is complete, find someone to take on today's extra Wild West Wild Card chore below.  You may ask for volunteers or choose a member of your wagon group.  Be sure this chore gets completed
     though you would not want any problems on the trail.  Be sure to give this group member time to share what they have learned with the rest of the group. 

 ** This is important partner, as wagon leader, check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed their chores to avoid any "problems" on the trail!


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 Chore #2: Mexican-American War Map Activity

1.  Now ask each member of your wagon group (excpet the member completing the Wild West Wild Card Activity) to download the interactive Mexican War Map Activity.  This activity should open for you and your
     fellow wagon riders in Microsoft Word.  Please assist any member of your wagon group who has trouble opening the file.  For this activity you will be completing the map by moving the labels and images to
     their correct location.  Tell your fellow wagon riders that this activity will show them all of the major battles and people during the Mexican-American War!

2.  Tell your wagon group that the United States had THREE major goals during the Mexican American War:

             Goal #1: Take California
             Goal #2: Take the Southwest (Arizona / New Mexico)
             Goal #3: Take the capital of Mexico Mexico City

3.  Now work together as a group to complete the map activity.  You should use the maps below to help you.  You can click on each thumbnail to enlarge the image.  Be sure that every member of your wagon
     group is working on this activity and is completing it correctly.  You would not want any trouble on the trail!

4.  Label each of the major battles below on your digital maps by dragging and dropping the labels in their proper location.  Use the maps below to help you and your wagon group. 

           

     1. Monterrey       4. Santa Fe

     2. Buena Vista     5.  Vera Cruz

     3. Matamoros      6.  Chipoltepec


5.  Label the movements of each army and commander on your digital maps by dragging and dropping the labels in their propor location.  Use the maps below to help you and your wagon group. 

           

           A. Place Taylor just south of the Rio Grande in northern Mexico.

           B. Place Taylor's two arrows in the path his armies took to: Monterrey, Buena Vista, and Matamoros.

           C. Place Scott just south of Mexico City.

           D. Place Scott's two arrows in the path his armies took by sea to: Vera Cruz and over land to Mexico City.

           E. Place Kearney just west of Santa Fe.

           F. Place Kearney's arrows in the path his armies took to: Santa Fe and San Diego.

           G. Place Freemont in northern California.


6.  When your wagon group has completed their maps, ask each member of your group to save their completed maps.  Once saved, each member of your wagon group needs to upload their map file to their
     LiveBinder media box by using the "Upload > File > Choose File" function.  Check to make sure that each member of your group is doing this.  You would not want any trouble on the trail. 

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 Chore #3: Results of the Mexican-American War

1. 
Ask the member of your wagon group who completed the Wild West Wild Card Activity to share what they learned with the rest of the wagon group.  Have each of the other members of the wagon group ask
     them at least ONE questions about the information they presented.   Be sure that the member of your group who completed this assignment uploads their PowerPoint file to their LiveBinder media box. 

2.  Ask your wagon group to explore boxes 15 - 18 in the materials about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War".  As wagon leader, you must make sure that each member of your wagon group is taking their
     time to really look at each resource.  If your wagon group members try to rush though the assignment, play games, message each other, etc. you could have some serious problems on the trail. 

3.  Now ask the members of your wagon group to define the term: "Mexcian Cession" in their LiveBinder text-box.

4.  Next have each member of your wagon group make a list of all of the states (or parts of states) found within the "Mexcian Cession" in their LiveBinder text box.

5.  Once everyone in your wagon group has completed all of these chores yell "We saw the elephant!!
        
 ** Look dude, this is important!  As wagon leader, check to make sure that each member of your wagon group has completed their chores to avoid any "problems" on the trail!

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Wagon Rider Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: Causes of the Mexican-American War
 
1. 
You and your wagon group will be "seeing the elephant" and will be traveling all the way to Mexico City with the American Army!  Listen to your wagon leaders introduction. 

2.  Explore boxes 1 - 10 in the
materials about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War". 

    

3.  Make a list of all of the reasons the Mexican-American War began based on the
materials  in your LiveBinder text box.

4.  Participate in a discussion about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War."  Listen to your wagon leader and the others in your group.

5.  Assist your wagon leader in writing a paragraph about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War".

6.  Listen to the information from the Wild West Wild Card chore member of your group. 


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 Chore #2: Mexican-American War Map Activity

1. 
Download the interactive Mexican War Map Activity.  Open the activity in Microsoft Word. 

2.  Work with your wagon group to complete the map activity.  You should use the maps below to help you.  You can click on each thumbnail to enlarge the image. 

3.  Label each of the major battles below on your digital maps by dragging and dropping the labels in their proper location.  Use the maps below to help you and your wagon group. 

           

     1. Monterrey       4. Santa Fe

     2. Buena Vista     5.  Vera Cruz

     3. Matamoros      6.  Chipoltepec


4.  Label the movements of each army and commander on your digital maps by dragging and dropping the labels in their proper location.  Use the maps below to help you and your wagon group. 

           

           A. Place Taylor just south of the Rio Grande in northern Mexico.

           B. Place Taylor's two arrows in the path his armies took to: Monterrey, Buena Vista, and Matamoros.

           C. Place Scott just south of Mexico City.

           D. Place Scott's two arrows in the path his armies took by sea to: Vera Cruz and over land to Mexico City.

           E. Place Kearney just west of Santa Fe.

           F. Place Kearney's arrows in the path his armies took to: Santa Fe and San Diego.

           G. Place Freemont in northern California.


5.  Upload your map file to your LiveBinder media box by using the "Upload > File > Choose File" function. 

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 Chore #3: Results of the Mexican-American War

1. 
Listen to your Wild West Wild Card Activity Wagon rider present the facts they discovered about the Mexican-American War

2.  When they are done ask them at least ONE questions about the information they presented.  

3.  Explore boxes 15 - 18 in the materials about the "Causes of the Mexican-American War". 

4.  Define the term: "Mexcian Cession" in your LiveBinder text-box.

4.  Make a list of all of the states (or parts of states) found within the "Mexcian Cession" in your LiveBinder text box.

Wild West Wild Card Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Extra Important Chore!: Little Known Facts About The Mexican War!

 
1.  Ten Hut Private!  It's time to march down into Old Mexico with General Scott!  Your extra chore today is to use the Internet to research the answers to the following questions about the Mexican-American War.

2.  You are to place your answers in a PowerPoint file.  Be sure to share the information in your PowerPoint with your wagon group.  Be sure to ask your wagon leader when they would like you to share.

3.  Upload your PowerPoint file to your LiveBinder tab. 

    Questions to include in your PowerPoint!

     A.  What was Abraham Lincoln's "Spot Resolution"?

     B.  What did James Slidell attempt to do in Mexico before the Mexican-American War?

     C.  What did the phrase "Seeing the Elephant" mean to American soldiers during the Mexican-American War?

     D.  What General Zachary Taylor's nickname?

     E.  What General Winfield Scott's nickname?

     F.  What happened at Vera Cruz during the Mexican War?

     G.  What was the Battle of Chapultepec?

     H.  What was a favorite song sung by American soldiers during the Mexican-American War?

     I.  Why was American artillery important during the Mexican-American War?

     J.  How many Americans were killed during the Mexican-American War?

     K.  What was the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War?

   

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