America Expanding

E&I Program: 
Distance Learning
Grade level : 
9 to 12

By examining American art and artifacts from the museum’s collection, these teacher materials promote discussion of America’s national character and heritage. All five lessons, developed by teams of teachers, are accompanied by reinforcement materials specifically designed to foster critical thinking skills. These programs may be scheduled individually.

America Expanding, the second lesson in this series, illustrates the challenges and results of westward expansion in the United States during the first half of the nineteenth century and considers art’s role as a reflection of American values, identity, and political culture in that time.