Western Expansion: Perspectives on Westward Expansion

Authors: Sara Jatcko, Terra Foundation for American Art Kelly Naughton, Chicago Public Schools Charlotte Ross, Newberry Library With contributions from: Mary Hawley, Literacy Consultant Summary: In this lesson students analyze a map, artworks, informational texts, and primary sources that present different perspectives on Manifest Destiny and the westward expansion of settlers and miners into U.S. […]

The Promised Land – The Grayson Family

Author: Jennifer Siegenthaler, Terra Foundation for American Art At first glance Look closely at the painting. What do you notice in the foreground, middleground, and background? What kind of setting are the people here shown in? What do you see on the ground near them? What might their clothes and belongings tell you about them? […]

Black Horse Ledger

Author: Newberry Library Staff At First Glance Describe this artwork. Look at the paper the artist used. Have you seen or used this kind of paper before? What do you think the figures are doing? Who might have created it? Read to Build Knowledge Think about the important traditions in your life and community. How […]

Emigrants Crossing the Plains

Author: Newberry Library Staff At First Glance Describe the people in the foreground. What are they doing? How do you think they are related to each other? What is their relationship to the line of wagons in the distance? Read to Build Knowledge As the sun sets, a family has stopped by a stream to […]