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U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959

Pixton Lesson Plan on U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Character Map
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959
Pixton Lesson Plan on U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings American History to life with comics and storyboards.

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U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Research, review or discuss the events, causes and effects of U.S. Territorial Expansion from the below activities.

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart for U.S. Territorial Expansion:

  • What do you already know about U.S. Territorial Expansion?
  • What do you know about the first explorers, settlers, permanent settlements and westward expansion?
  • What do you want to know about U.S. Territorial Expansion?
  • How could you learn more?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic Strip
    Timeline 1783-1959

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Louisiana Purchase - 5 Ws

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Florida Purchase - 5Ws

    Complete after class reading or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for one or more important historical figures who contributed to U.S. Territorial Expansion.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Research one of the first colonial settlements and report your findings on a Poster.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart for U.S. Territorial Expansion:

  • What did you learn about U.S. Territorial Expansion?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • What was the most surprising or unexpected thing you learned?
  • How does this relate to other events, ideas or people you learned about in history?
  • What would you still like to know about U.S. Territorial Expansion or specific settlements or settlers?
  • How could you learn more?
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Pixton Activity: U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959 1 Timeline 1783-1959

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Intro

Review the major events of U.S. Territorial Expansion between 1783-1959:

  • 1783 - Treaty of Paris - Signed between Britain and America to: Recognize American independence; Establish American boundaries between the Atlantic and Mississippi, and from the 49th parallel and Great Lakes to the 31st parallel on the south.
  • 1803 - Louisiana Purchase - Purchased from France for $15 million, including assumed claims.
  • 1819 - Florida Purchase - Purchased from Spain for $5 million under Adams-Onís Treaty.
  • 1845 - Texas Annexation - Texas annexed as independent republic.
  • 1845 - Oregon Treaty - Great Britain cedes controls of Oregon Territory, which included present-day Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and portions of Montana, Wyoming, and British Columbia.
  • 1848 - Mexican Cession - In the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico ceded land to the United States after the Mexican War, including California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
  • 1867 - Alaska Purchase - Purchased as territory from Russia for $7.2 million.
  • 1898 - Hawaiian Islands - Annexation of independent republic as U.S. territory.
  • 1898 - Puerto Rico & Guam - Annexed following military victory over Spain.
  • 1917 - Virgin Islands - Purchased from Denmark for $25 million
  • 1959 - Alaska and Hawaii become states.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip to remember the dates when each state became part of the U.S. during territorial expansion:

  • Identify the state and date in the dialogue.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

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Pixton Activity: U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959 2 Louisiana Purchase - 5 Ws

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the who, what, where, when and how of the Louisiana Purchase:

  • Who: Napoleon Bonaparte to Thomas Jefferson
  • What: The Louisiana Purchase Sold Louisiana territory to the US for 15 million
  • When: 1803-1804
  • Where: Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Louisiana west of Mississippi River, including New Orleans, large parts of North and northeastern New Mexico, South Dakota, northern Texas, some parts of Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado
  • Why: The French sold the land to the Americans to pay for war against Britain. It is very important because it doubled the size of the United States
  • How: Jefferson had hired the explorers, Lewis and Clark, along with Sacajawea, to explore the new territory

Instructions

Create a 5-panel Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate the 5 Ws of the Louisiana Purchase:

  • Label the W in the panel title.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.
  • Include appropriate illustrations for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: U.S. Territorial Expansion 1783-1959 3 Florida Purchase - 5Ws

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the who, what, where, when and how of the Louisiana Purchase:

  • Who: Don Louis de Onis of Spain met with President James Monroe and Secretary of State John Quincy Adams to discuss political claim over the Florida Territory and to sign the treaty. General Andrew Jackson led the horrific military invasions of the Natives living in the territory.
  • What: The Adams-Onis Treaty gave the U.S. control over Florida. Spain received $5 million and sovereignty over Texas.
  • Where: Onis travelled to Washington to negotiate the treaty while Jackson invaded and massacred native Land.
  • When: The Adams-Onis Treaty was signed in 1819 and ratified in 1821.
  • Why: Spain did not want to give up Florida but they were financially and militarily weak from war with France. The U.S. wanted Florida to have access to Westward territory through the Gulf of Mexico.
  • How: American settlers were already rebelling against the Spanish government in Florida, and Andrew Jackson was already invading and attacking the Seminoles and escaped slaves living there. By gaining Florida, the U.S. controlled the entirety of the Atlantic coast and connected their territories between Louisiana and Florida throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Instructions

Create a 5-panel Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate the 5 Ws of the Florida Purchase:

  • Label the W in the panel title.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.
  • Include appropriate illustrations for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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