Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War

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Conflicting Voices of the Mexican War


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In this lesson, students research conflicting perspectives of the Mexican War. Additional resources included are a map of the United States from 1839, a recruitment poster, and several videos of first-hand accounts from the Mexican War.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
10 ) Describe political, social, and economic events between 1803 and 1860 that led to the expansion of the territory of the United States, including the War of 1812, the Indian Removal Act, the Texas-Mexican War, the Mexican-American War, and the Gold Rush of 1849.

•  Analyzing the role of the Louisiana Purchase and explorations of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark for their impact on Westward Expansion
•  Explaining the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine
•  Identifying Alabama's role in the expansion movement in the United States, including the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Trail of Tears (Alabama)
•  Identifying the impact of technological developments on United States' expansion
Examples: steamboat, steam locomotive, telegraph, barbed wire

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.10- Recognize reasons people would move from their homes to new land in the west and the impact westward expansion had on American Indians; identify at least one or more people, movements, and events involved in America's early westward expansion, including Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, the Indian Removal Act, and the gold rush; identify the inventions that aided westward expansion, including the railroad and the steamboat; illustrate the completion of the contiguous United States on a map.

Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 10
United States History I: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
7 ) Describe causes, courses, and consequences of United States' expansionism prior to the Civil War, including the Treaty of Paris of 1783, the Northwest Ordinance of 1785, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Louisiana Purchase, the Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears, Manifest Destiny, the Mexican War and Cession, Texas Independence, the acquisition of Oregon, the California Gold Rush, and the Western Trails. [A.1.a., A.1.c., A.1.e., A.1.f., A.1.g., A.1.i., A.1.j.]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.10.7- Understand the concept of Manifest Destiny; identify and describe events of the U.S. expansion prior to the Civil War.

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Author: Ginger Boyd