Polk Pop: Teaching with Music

Polk Pop is original, educational music created by the President James K. Polk Home & Museum to engage students of all ages in learning about the 11th President and his era. The five songs are provided here, along with educational resources with suggestions on how to use them in the classroom, at home, and beyond! 

Young Hickory

5.4 Identify the impact of important Tennesseans prior to the Civil War, including: President James K. Polk (Manifest Destiny)

8.53 Identify the major events and impact of James K. Polk’s presidency, including the annexation of Texas and the settlement of the Oregon boundary.

Manifest Destiny

4.23 Examine the impact of President James K. Polk’s view of Manifest Destiny on westward expansion.

8.49 Analyze the concept of Manifest Destiny and its impact on the development of the nation, and describe the economic incentives for westward expansion.

8.53 Identify the major events and impact of James K. Polk’s presidency, including the annexation of Texas and the settlement of the Oregon boundary.

8.54 Describe the causes and consequences of the Mexican War, including the controversy over the Rio Grande boundary and the Mexican Cession.

Ho! For California

4.24 Explain the significance of the California Gold Rush in westward expansion.

8.55 Analyze the discovery of gold in California, its social and economic impact on the U.S., and the major migratory movement (including the forty-niners and Asian immigrants).

Mr. Douglass

4.26 Identify abolitionist leaders and their approaches to ending slavery, including: Frederick Douglass

8.43 Analyze the significance of leading abolitionists, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Elihu Embree, and Harriet Tubman, and the methods they used to spread the movement.

AAH.09 Assess the development of the abolitionist movement and its impact on slavery and the nation, including the efforts of: Frederick Douglass

Seneca Falls

4.07 Contrast how the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence clashed with treatment of different groups including: women

8.42 Analyze the development of the women’s suffrage movement, including the Seneca Falls Convention, and the ideals of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth.

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