PROJECT OBJECTIVES: To write a Persuasive Essay that explains whether or not Westward Expansion was ethical or unethical in the 1800’s. TENTATIVE DUE DATE: March 29th, 2013 Instructions:
Over the next couple of weeks, we will be studying how the United States, little by little, began expanding westward in the 1800’s. After learning of what territory the US acquired, you will then have to decide each day whether or not the US had the right to do it or not by writing a minimum 1 paragraph (5 sentence) reflection that provides historical evidence to support your opinion. It is okay if your opinion changes each day because you won’t write your Overall Thesis until the unit is coming to an end. To write each paragraph, you will have to consider the following before choosing your daily opinion:
Did the US benefit positively or negatively by adding territory?
Were American citizens affected positively or negatively by this expansion?
Did America practice DIPLOMACY or IMPERIALISM while moving Westward?
In the case of (Territory), the US expanded both ethically and unethically. American was justified in acquiring this territory because __________________________ . The country obviously improved a lot because of that. In addition, America was able to ______________________. However, the US acted unethically when they acquired ______________________ because there were many negative consequences. For example, _________________________________________________. The United States showed little compassion here.
WAS WESTWARD EXPANSION ETHICAL? Based on what you learned today and how you view it, select either YES, NO. or BOTH in the next column