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Ch 27: Manifest Destiny - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Further your knowledge of the Manifest Destiny by reviewing this chapter. By developing your familiarity of this subject, you will be better prepared for the content of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam.

Manifest Destiny: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter is aimed at developing your knowledge of the story of America's expansion westward, fueled by the mindset of the Manifest Destiny. Understanding the content covered in these lessons will help you answer any pertinent questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test confidently. These video lessons will address the following:

  • American migration westward
  • The problem with the annexation of Texas
  • Sectional concerns during John Tyler's presidency
  • The lower 48 states and the successes of President James Polk
  • Mexican-American War, the Wilmot Proviso, and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
  • Presidency of Zachary Taylor and the Gold Rush

These lessons can be used in a variety of ways to prepare for the test. Viewing the videos will help you learn in a more interactive manner, and taking the quizzes provided will help you practice answering multiple-choice questions. In addition, you can follow along with the videos by reading the accompanying transcripts, which will have important terminology highlighted. Taking note of this terminology will effectively help you grasp the most significant content, upon which you may be tested during the exam.

Manifest Destiny: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science exam is a certification test meant to determine how prepared you are to teach social science courses to middle school students. Of the roughly 150 multiple-choice questions on the exam, about 50% fall under the history domain and relate to several different objectives. One of these main objectives, the comprehension of major U.S. developments from 1789-1877, includes an analysis of westward expansion and its impact on Native Americans. This chapter focuses directly on this American growth, Native American displacement, and developments during this time period, which will prepare you precisely for the content of this exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: Manifest Destiny - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

1. The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the United States expanded its borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean, fulfilling its manifest destiny. Find out about the reasons people wanted this land, the path that took them there and the politicians who supported it all.

Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

2. Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

Find out why it took five presidents (Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler and Polk) to get Texas annexed into the U.S. and added as a state during the era of Manifest Destiny.

President John Tyler: American Expansion and Sectional Concerns

3. President John Tyler: American Expansion and Sectional Concerns

In the presidential election of 1840, 'Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!' prevailed. But with President Harrison's death just a month later, Vice President John Tyler took the oath of office. Was 'His Accidency' really as bad a president as some critics suggest?

President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States

4. President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States

President James Polk may be obscure, but he wasn't insignificant. Learn about his controversial territorial acquisitions that define most of what Americans today call the 'Lower 48' states.

The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

5. The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

The controversial Mexican-American War lasted from 1846-1848. In this lesson, discover how the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo expanded the southern part of the United States all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

6. Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

General Zachary Taylor was elected president in 1848, hoping to see the peaceful addition of land from the Mexican cession. 'Old Rough and Ready' wasn't prepared for the California gold rush.

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