- social influences
- economic influences
- transcontinental railroads
- Manifest Destiny
- geographic features
- Westward Expansion
- Social and economic influences on United States' expansion prior to World War I.
- How the development of transcontinental railroads contributed to the expansion of the United States and related to the concept of Manifest Destiny.
- Details related to how the United States acquired Alaska and Hawaii.
- Major groups and individuals involved with the Westward Expansion, including farmers, ranchers, Jewish merchants, Mormons, and Hispanics.
- The impact of closing the frontier on American Indians' way of life.
- The Spanish-American War led to the emergence of the United States as a world power.
Students are able to:
- Locate states and capitals on a physical and political map.
- Describe and explain social and economic influences on the United States expansion.
- Explain and evaluate the concept of Manifest Destiny.
- Describe and explain how the development of the transcontinental railroads helped the United States achieve its Manifest Destiny.
- Identify and analyze the impact of Manifest Destiny on a variety of cultural groups.
- Explain and analyze how the Spanish-American War led to the United States becoming a world power.
Students understand that:
- There were social, political, and economic influences on United States prior to World War I.