Theme II: Promoting the American Ideal

Purpose: Critically examine westward expansion and American foreign policy in order to foster an understanding of how the US strove to promote itself as a model society.

 

Essential Question: How successful was the United States in promoting the ideals?

 

Domestic Topics:

·       Manifest Destiny: How will cultural misunderstanding impede the promotion of the American ideals?

·        The Native American “problem”: Can the two cultures (Indigenous and European/American) coexist or must one survive at the expense of the other?

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Activities/Assessments:

The Nacirema: How will cultural misunderstanding impede the promotion of the American ideals?

Map Activity: Trace  territorial expansion from the Louisiana Purchase to the CA Gold Rush.

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Content Objective: Students will understand how values and attitudes pose obstacles to cultural understanding.

Skill Objective: Interpret facts, compare, contrast; Discriminate between ideas

 

"It's cheaper to educate Indians than to kill them."

--Indian Commissioner Thomas Morgan .

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Assessment:

Indian Education: 20th Century perspective: Read Sherman Alexie's  Indian Education and A Drug called Tradition

What new insight is offered on 20th Century Native Americans and their point of view by the way Alexie tells his stories? You must make specific reference to story passages.