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FC: Westward Expansion and the American Indian Experience – Part A


7 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 7th Grade

Weeks: 1.5

Pages: 68

Standards: 7.1 - 7.7, 7.8c, 7.8d, 7.8e, 7.8f, 7.8g, 7.10, 7.10a, 7.10b, 7.10c, 7.10d, 7.10e,

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC731A


Westward Expansion was a major development in the history of the United States. European settlers and the U.S. government wanted to expand into the western parts of the country, which led to the acquisition of new lands and resources. Manifest Destiny was the belief that the United States was meant to grow and expand and that this expansion was justified. It was often used to justify taking over new lands in the western part of the country in the 1800s. Manifest Destiny was based on the idea that the United States had a special mission to spread democracy and “civilization” across the land.

This expansion had negative consequences for Native American communities. Native Americans were forced to leave their ancestral lands and experienced violence and discrimination. The history of Native Americans in the United States has been marked by struggles to preserve their cultural traditions and to assert their rights in the face of unfair treatment by the U.S. government, society, justice system, and citizenry.

7 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test (The assessment will be released with Part B)
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 7.8g Explain how the U.S. government addressed foreign and domestic challenges during the late 1700s to the mid-1800s and how related policies and legislation influenced the development of the United States.
  • 7.10 Analyze the growth and development of the United States from the early to mid-1800s.
  • 7.10a Describe the Era of Good Feelings (1815–1825), including Henry Clay’s American System, Treaty of 1818, Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819, and the development of transportation networks.

  • 7.10b Analyze the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), with emphasis on its policies of both isolationism and protection of American interests in the Western Hemisphere, and how it influenced U.S. foreign policy and interactions with other nations.

  • 7.10c Analyze the effects of Marbury v. Madison (1803), McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), Gibbons v. Ogden (1824), and Worcester v. Georgia (1832).

  • 7.10d Analyze the ideas and motivations that contributed to westward expansion, including Manifest Destiny, and its political, social, and economic effects.

  • 7.10e Analyze the causes and effects of Indian Removal policies of the early to mid-1800s, including the Indian Removal Act of 1830, Trail of Tears, and Seminole Wars, and explain the role of key figures, including Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross, and Chief Osceola.

Framing Question

How did territorial and economic growth affect the United States in the 1800s?

Supporting Questions

  1. In what ways did America change immediately following the War of 1812?

  2. How did American government and democracy change during the presidency of Andrew Jackson?

  3. What were the driving forces of westward expansion in the United States in the early to mid 1800s?

  4. How did U.S. expansion affect Native Americans and how did they respond?



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