A creative way to open a unit on Westward Expansion would be to have a conversation with Dr. Seuss on ambition. What I hope would come out of the conversation is a better understanding of the costs and benefits from thinking and acting in an ambitious way. In this opening conversation we could consider ambition on a personal level and then apply the theme to the positive and negative outcomes from the United States’s embrace of Manifest Destiny.
Level: Elementary and Secondary Social Studies
Subject Area: American history
Author: Dan Fouts