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Parent Connections for Social Studies - Eighth Grade Semester 2 - Westward Expansion

A westward pioneer talks about the expansion of the United States!

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Why do people move? In Westward Expansion – From Sea to Shining Sea, students will discover the concept of Manifest Destiny and its political, economic, and social roots associated with the westward expansion of the United States.

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During this unit of study, students will be able to explain the causes and effects of the U.S. – Mexican War, Identify areas that were acquired to form the United States.

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Finally, students will analyze how physical characteristics of the environment influenced population distribution, settlement patterns, and economic activities, and describe the positive and negative consequences of human modification of the physical environment of the United States.

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