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?
· 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?
Who went west? Why?
What was the Native American response to westward expansion?
What is cultural genocide?
How did Indian Removal and the Reservation system affect Native American culture?
How have Native Americans preserved their culture?
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.
Indian Boarding Schools Web Quest
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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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.