As students watch the video, they complete an interactive notesheet with fill-in-the-blanks, critical thinking questions, a warm-up, a thinking map, and a summary at the end to answer the exploration question. The video teaches the story of Manifest Destiny and how it led to the Mexican-American War as President Polk fought to expand America from coast to coast. It covers Oregon Fever, the Oregon Trail, the annexation of Texas, Polk sending American forces into disputed territory, criticisms of the war, and some famous battles, and the outcomes of the war with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
The video helps visual learners with on-screen text of the main ideas, powerful images, and it reviews the important concepts to ensure comprehension and is very engaging for students from 5-8 grade students!
Manifest Destiny Activity:
After the video, students take a quick auto-graded Google Form Quiz (a printable PDF is also available) to check for understanding. Then, there is an optional extension activity that has students complete an illustrative timeline of Manifest Destiny and American expansion from the colonial days. They read 10 events and choose 6 that they feel are most important to create their timelines including a short summary, date, original title, and a quick illustration or doodle. Fun, engaging, and helps students build chronological reasoning skills! :)
This is perfect for homework or in-class work, for a flipped classroom, and it can serve as the main lesson or a supplemental activity! Teachers can pause as needed or if students have their own devices they can learn at their own pace! And there are answer keys for everything!