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Social Studies-7th Grade-March

Social Studies: Westward Exapnsion


7.6 Westward Expansion: A Changing Nation

  • Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court all acted to increase federal authority.
  • By issuing the Monroe Doctrine the United States signaled its interest in shaping events in the Americas.
  • The were a growing spirit of democracy during Andrew Jackson's presidency.
  • Despite a Supreme Court ruling in their favor, Native Americans of the Southeast were forced to move.
  • Andrew Jackson fought the Bank of the United States and stood firm against a state's threat to secede.

7.6b Westward Expansion: North and South Take Different Paths

  • New inventions brought new ways of making basic products.
  • Differences between the North and the South increased with the growth of industry.
  • The invention of the cotton gin increased the South's dependence on the labor of enslaved people.
  • As settlement spread westward debates over slavery increased tensions between North and South.

7.6a Westward Expansion: A Changing Nation

How did the nation reflect a growing sense of national pride and identity?

  • How was the power of the federal government strengthened during the Era of Good Feelings?
  • How did U.S. foreign affairs reflect new national confidence?
  • How did people gain more power during the Age of Jackson?
  • Why did Andrew Jackson use force to remove Native Americans from the Southeast?
  • How did old issues take a new shape in the conflict over a national bank and tariffs?

7.6b Westward Expansion: North and South Take Different Paths

Why did Americans take different paths in the early 1800s?

  • How did the new technology of the Industrial Revolution change the way Americans lived?
  • How did urbanization, technology, and social change affect the North?
  • How did cotton affect the social and economic life of the South?
  • How did Americans move west, and how did this intensify the debate over slavery?
(1) SS.7.6 WESTWARD EXPANSION: Driven by political and economic motives, the United States expanded its physical boundaries to the Pacific Ocean between 1800 and 1860. This settlement displaced Native Americans as the frontier was pushed westward.
(1) SS.I.1 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
(1) SS.I.3 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Skills

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.5.6-8 Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.1.6-8. Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  • Economics D2.Eco.9.6-8. Describe the roles of institutions such as corporations, non-profits, and labor unions in a market economy.
  • Geography D2.Geo.3.6-8. Use paper based and electronic mapping and graphing techniques to represent and analyze spatial patterns of different environmental and cultural characteristics.
  • History D2.His.2.6-8. Explain how and why perspectives of people have changed over time.

Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

  • Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources to support claims, noting evidentiary limitations.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

  • D4.1.6-8.  Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging the strengths and limitations of the arguments.

NCSS Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Detect cause and effect relationships
  • Evaluate sources of information--print, visual, electronic
  • Take notes
  • Compare maps and make inferences
  • Operate a computer to enter and retrieve information gathered from a variety of sources
  • Group data in categories according to appropriate criteria
  • Recognize instances in which more than one interpretation of factual material is valid
  • Compare and contrast credibility of differing accounts of the same event
  • Extract significant ideas from supporting, illustrative details.

7.6a Westward Expansion: A Changing Nation

  • charter
  • dumping
  • contract
  • capitalism
  • interstate commerce
  • infrastructure
  • cede
  • self-government
  • province
  • domestic
  • suffrage
  • caucus
  • nominating convention
  • spoils system
  • react
  • participate
  • voluntary
  • nullication
  • states' rights

7.6b Westward Expansion: North and South Take Different Paths

  • Industrial Revolution
  • factory system
  • capitalist
  • mass production
  • interchangeable parts
  • invest
  • efficient
  • urbanization
  • telegraph
  • famine
  • nativist
  • reign
  • inferior
  • cotton gin
  • slave code
  • spiritual
  • devote
  • revolt
  • turnpike
  • corduroy
  • canal
  • isolated



Do Now Questions

Socrative Entrance/Exit Tickets


Interactive Readings

Graphic Organizers

Thinking Maps

Common Core Protocols

Comprehension Assessments

Writing Assessments

Map Quiz


J. Dodge Differentiated Activities

Marzano Strategies

Primary Source Documents

Document Based Questions

Political Cartoons

Constructed Response Questions

Chapter Test

25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall


Interactive Reading

Facebook Template

Nightjohn Gary Paulsen

Toolkit Inquiry: Western Migration

Oregon Trail Cyber Hunt

Chapter Collage

Mission U.S.: Flight to Freedom



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