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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 1. Analyze the growth and the development of the United States

Objective b. Evaluate Manifest Destiny and its impact on territorial expansion of the nation

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Pretending the year is 1844, conduct a full class debate on whether or not the goal of the United States should be the acquisition of the entire North American continent. Students should be required to submit testimony supporting one side or another, and also to draft critical questions for each side to address.

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