Unit 27: Expansion Incites Division

Territorial Acquisitions 1783-1853

Unit 27 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Reformation and Revolutions
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
English and American
Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley

Martin VanBurenUnit Description

“The principal question during the years 1841-1847 was the annexation of territory. The Whig administration was wrecked by Tyler’s coming to power; and the Democratic principle of strict construction prevailed in domestic matters…. The five years from 1848 to 1853 were full of excitement and danger. At the beginning of the period Congress had to face three hotly disputed questions: (1) the boundaries of Texas; (2) the future of New Mexico; (3) the future of California…” – Albert Bushnell Hart

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • History is HIS Story – God’s story of love, mercy, and redemption through Christ.
    • He made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. — Ephesians 1‍:‍9-10
  • God’s providential hand governs and times all events and provides for His Creation according to His plan and purposes.
    • The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.- Acts 17: 24 – 27
  • Godly leadership and servanthood are necessary for one to be a true reforming influence.
    • Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many..- Matthew 20:26 – 28
  • God raises up and removes leaders.
    • He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning..- Daniel 2:21

Unit 27 Resources: High School

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Lesson 1: History

Lesson One Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions and vocabulary, then read the article: Renewed Expansion, pages 6-13.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Define the vocabulary words in the context of the reading and put the word and its definition in the vocabulary section of your history notebook.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson One Discussion Questions:

  • Why was John Tyler nominated for vice president?
  • Why did Tyler veto the bank bills in 1842?
  • Why did Tyler veto the tariff bills in 1842?
  • What was the boundary line fixed by the treaty of 1842?
  • Why was Van Buren not nominated in 1844?
  • Why did the Liberty men refuse to vote for Clay?
  • Describe the conflict between Taylor and the Mexicans in 1846.
  • What was the object of the Wilmot Proviso?
  • What was the Northwest Angle of Nova Scotia?
Lesson 2: History

Lesson Two Assignments:

  • Review the discussion questions, then read the article: Results of the Mexican War, pages 15-21.
  • Narrate about today’s reading using the appropriate notebook page. Be sure to answer the discussion questions and include key people, events, and dates within the narration.
  • Be sure to visit www.ArtiosHCS.com for additional resources.

Lesson Two Discussion Questions:

  • Why did the Free-soilers object to Lewis Cass?
  • Why did Taylor wish to form a state government in California?
  • Why did Clay think that slavery did not exist in New Mexico?
  • What was the need for a new fugitive slave act in 1850?
  • Do you think that Daniel Webster’s Seventh of March Speech was a bid for the presidency?
  • What did Calhoun think would save the Union?
  • Why didn’t Taylor favor the Compromise of 1850?
  • Why was Franklin Pierce nominated for the presidency?
  • What was the Underground Railroad?
  • Describe the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Literature Assignments

    • Read the information on Components of Literature and answer the following review questions.
        ▪ What are the six elements that need to be considered when evaluating literature?
        ▪ Into what two groups are they divided?
        ▪ Who are the major characters in


        ? How are they described in the novel?
        ▪ What are the incidents in the novel?
        ▪ What is the setting of the novel?
        ▪ What is meant by plot? How are the incidents arranged?
        ▪ Reflect on the quote from Mary Shelley’s introduction,
        “Frightful must it be; for supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavour to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world. His success would terrify the artist…”
        How does


        illustrate this quote?
      ▪ What is Mary Shelley’s worldview? How can you tell?
  • Finish your reading of Frankenstein.
  • On your genre chart, continue to add information about how Frankenstein fits each genre.

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