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Unit #7: Westward Expansion - President Polk and America's Manifest Destiny
Learning Target: I can JUDGE the idea of America's Manifest Destiny as being right or wrong.    

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 "President Polk and America's Manifest Destiny". 

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


Wagon Leader Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: What Was America's Manifest Destiny?
 
1.  Yeee Haw! Welcome back to the trail partner!  In this lesson, you will be teaching your fellow wagon riders about the idea of "Manifest Destiny."  The idea of "Manifest Destiny" was very popular with Americans
     during the mid 1800s.  Today your wagon group may roll past some challenges along the trail.  You will be interpreting a famous painting and learning about a newspaper article that coined the phrase
     "Manifest Destiny."  You will then be teaching your fellow wagon riders about President James K. Polk and the Election 0f 1844.  You will also be learning about how the Oregon Country became part of the
     United States.

2.  As you start out on the trail today, you will need a member of your wagon group to chip in with your Wild West Wild Card Activity.  Please ask for volunteers.  If you do not have a volunteer in your group, you
     can select someone to help out.  You may want to choose a "techy" if you want to survive on the trail.  As wagon leader, you will be working on another activity (see #7 below) designed to help you teach the
     idea of Manifest Destiny to your fellow wagon riders.  Be sure to get the other members of your wagon started before you begin your own assignment

3.  Ask each member of your wagon group to search for a picture of John Gast's - American Progress painting.  Have each member of your wagon group save the painting to their desktop.  Then ask them to
     import the picture into their LiveBinder.  You should do the same.  Be sure that everyone in your wagon groups gets this important job done.  You would not want any problems on the trail. 

4.  Tell your wagon group that today they will be analyzing a famous painting called "American Progress" by an artist named John Gast.  The painting was created in 1872 and illustrated the idea of "Manifest
     Destiny."  Ask your fellow wagon riders to open the painting by clicking on the link.

5.  Before beginning YOUR assignment, ask the other members of your wagon group to conduct a group discussion about this famous painting and how it illustrates the idea of "Manifest Destiny."  Ask each
     member of your wagon group to look at the painting and to answer the following questions in their LiveBinder text-box:

     A.  What do you see in the painting?  List any of the objects you see such as people, animals, colors, land formations, etc.

     B.  What do you notice about each of the objects in the painting?

     C.  What do you think John Gast's message was when he painting this masterpiece?  What do you think the painting means? 


6.  Make sure that each member of your wagon group completes this task.  Help your wild card wagon rider and be sure that they are marking American Progress in PowerPoint. 

*7.  As wagon leader, your assignment is to read the following information about Manifest Destiny and the famous painting.  When the other members of your group have completed their activity, use
       what you have learned to go over the items found in the painting 
    
 ** 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: Was Manifest Destiny Right or Wrong?

1.  Now that you have learned about the idea of Manifest Destiny, it is time for your wagon group to have a discussion to decide if the idea of Manifest Destiny is right or wrong. 

2.  Have each member of your wagon group watch the video about Manifest Destiny.  You can ask them to watch the videos individually or you can watch them as a wagon group. 

3.  While watching the video, have each member of your wagon group list 5 facts about Manifest Destiny in their LiveBinder textbox.  Check to make sure that each member of your group is
     completing this task.  You would not want something bad to happen on the trail. 

4.  When your wagon group has finished this chore, start a discussion with the other members of your group by asking them "Do you think that Manifest Destiny was right or wrong?"  As wagon leader, be
     sure to ask each member of your wagon group to explain their answer with some of the facts they wrote down while watching the video.   Try to encourage your wagon group to come to an agreement on
     whether they believe the idea of Manifest Destiny was right or wrong. 

5.  As wagon leader, record each member's answer in your LiveBinder textbox.  Be sure to include the details each member of your wagon group mentioned in your discussion.  Be sure that each member of your
     wagon group participates in this activity.  You would not want anything bad to happen on the trail. 
        
 ** 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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Chore #3: Who Was President James K Polk?

1.  As a wagon leader you are doing a great job!  Tell your wagon group that in order to understand the idea of Manifest Destiny then they need to learn all about the person who personified or represented the
    idea.  That man was President James K Polk.  President Polk was the most successful one term president in American history.  In the Election of 1844, Polk ran on the idea of Manifest Destiny and promised to
    take the United States all the way to the Pacific even if it meant war.  During this time period, most Americans agreed with the idea of Manifest Destiny and Polk was elected president.   

2.  Now have each member of your wagon group watch both of the videos below.  You can ask them to watch the videos individually or you can watch them as a wagon group. 

     Video #1: President Polk in 60 Seconds    |    Video #2:  History Channel The Presidents: James K Polk

3.  While watching the two videos above, have each member of your wagon group list 10 facts about President Polk in their LiveBinder textbox.  Check to make sure that each member of your group is
     completing this task.  You would not want something bad to happen on the trail. 

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Chore #4: How Did The Oregon Country Finally Become Part of the United States?

1. Yeee Haaa partner!  We are almost done with another long day (or two) on the trail.  For the last part of this lesson, you and your wagon group will be looking at how the Oregon Country became part of the
   United States.   

2.  Ask each member of your wagon group to look closely at the Map of the Oregon Country.  Ask each member of your group to make a list of all of the modern day states that make up the entire Oregon Country
     which was larger than just the state of Oregon.  As wagon leader, map sure that each member of your group participates.  If they do not know their states, use the Map of the United States to help them. 

3.  As you will see, the Oregon country also extended into modern day Canada.  Canada is divided into what are called "provinces."  What Canadian province was also part of the Oregon Country?  For help with this
    question, use the Canadian Provinces Map.  Be sure each member of your wagon group places this answer in their LiveBinder textbox as well. 

4.  Have each member of your wagon group watch the video about h
ow the Oregon Country become part of the United States.  You can ask them to watch the videos individually or you can watch them as a wagon
     group. 

5.  Your last chore in this lesson will be for ya'll to answer the following questions from the video.  Be sure that each member of your wagon group is participating and is placing the correct answers in their
     LiveBinder textbox.  You would not want any last minute problems on the trail.

     A.  For many years, which two countries shared the Oregon Country?

     B.  What was James K Polk's campaign slogan in the Election of 1844?

     C.  During the Election of 1844, what two things did James K Polk promise the American people?

     D.  How was the conflict over the Oregon Territory finally settled or resolved?



 ** 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!  Rest up!  Tomorrow we continue our
      journey west!


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Wagon Rider Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Chore #1: What Was America's Manifest Destiny?
 
1.  Howdy! Welcome back to the trail partner!  In this lesson, your wagon leader will be teaching you about the idea of "Manifest Destiny."  Be sure to listen to your wagon leader's directions and instruction.  Please
     ask your wagon leader to explain to you the definition of "Manifest Destiny."

2.  ONE member of your wagon group needs to chip in with your Wild West Wild Card Activity.  Please volunteer or your wagon leader will choose someone. 

3.  Do an Internet search for a picture of John Gast's - American Progress painting.  Save the painting to their desktop and upload it to your LiveBinder. 

4.  Look carefully at the famous painting called "American Progress  " by an artist named John Gast.  The painting was created in 1872 and illustrated the idea of "Manifest Destiny."  Listen to your wagon leaders
     directions and explanations. 

5.  Participate in a group discussion about this famous painting and how it illustrates the idea of "Manifest Destiny."  Following your wagon leader's directions while looking at the painting.  Be sure to answer the
     following questions in their LiveBinder text-box:

     A.  What do you see in the painting?  List any of the objects you see such as people, animals, colors, land formations, etc.

     B.  What do you notice about each of the objects in the painting?

     C.  What do you think John Gast's message was when he painting this masterpiece?  What do you think the painting means? 


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 Chore #2: Was Manifest Destiny Right or Wrong?

1.  Now that you have learned about the idea of Manifest Destiny, do you think the idea of Manifest Destiny is right or wrong? 

2.  When your wagon leader tells you to, watch the video about Manifest Destiny

3.  While watching the video, list 5 facts about Manifest Destiny in your LiveBinder textbox. 

4.  Participate in a discussion with the other members of your wagon group: "Do you think that Manifest Destiny was right or wrong?"

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Chore #3: Who Was President James K Polk?

1.  When your wagon leader tells you to, please watch the following videos:  Video #1: President Polk in 60 Seconds    |    Video #2:  History Channel The Presidents: James K Polk

2.  With the help of your wagon leader, list 10 facts about President Polk in their LiveBinder textbox. 

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Chore #4: How Did The Oregon Country Finally Become Part of the United States?

1.  Look closely at the Map of the Oregon Country.  Make a list of all of the modern day states that make up the entire Oregon Country which was larger than just the state of Oregon.  If you do not know your
     states, use the Map of the United States to help you. 

2.  The Oregon country also extended into modern day Canada.  Canada is divided into what are called "provinces."  What Canadian province was also part of the Oregon Country?  For help with this
     question, use the Canadian Provinces Map

3.  When your wagon leader tells you to watch the video about how the Oregon Country become part of the United States. Answer the following questions:

     A.  For many years, which two countries shared the Oregon Country?

     B.  What was James K Polk's campaign slogan in the Election of 1844?

     C.  During the Election of 1844, what two things did James K Polk promise the American people?

     D.  How was the conflict over the Oregon Territory finally settled or resolved?



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Wild West Wild Card Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Extra Important Chore!: Marking American Progress

 
1.  What's up green horn?  I am glad you volunteered to get this chore done for the good of your wagon.  Be sure to do the following and do not mess it up.  The others in your wagon are depending on you!

2.  Download and open the John Gast American Progress painting in PowerPoint. 

3.  Participate in the discussion of this famous painting with your wagon group. 

4.  Use your PowerPoint tools to circle, highlight, and label any of the objects your wagon group identifies in the painting.

5.  Save your file and upload it to your LiveBinder.  You will need to create an additional subtab. 

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