Trail of Tears Teacher Resources
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America’s Indian Removal Policies: Tales and Trails of Betrayal
Examine the perspectives, cultural clashes, and historical implications of Indian removal policies in the United States during the 1930s. Your young historians will closely examine primary sources and engage in insightful discussions on such topics as Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Trail of Tears
A fabulous PowerPoint resource that thoroughly and accurately desicribes the Cherokee culture from the 1500's through the mid-1800's when they were forced to leave their homeland and march to Oklahoma in the famous, "Trail of Tears." Some excellent paintings, maps and websites are embedded in this presentation.
4th Social Studies & History
The Trail of Tears
Imagine being forced to walk from Florida to Oklahoma. Imagine being forced to walk from Florida to Oklahoma in the winter. Imagine being forced to walk from Florida to Oklahoma with everyone in your village, including the old and the sick.
5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
North Carolina Cherokee Indians: The Trail of Tears
Students discuss and research the Trail of Tears. In this Native American history unit, students read stories about and research information about the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears. Students work in literature circles and listen to guest speakers.
4th - 5th English Language Arts
Paideia Seminar Plan: "A Soldier Recalls the Trail of Tears"
Private John G. Burnett was one of the American soldiers involved in the forced removal of the Cherokee from their lands in the south to Oklahoma. His account of this experience, “A Soldier Recalls the Trail of Tears” provides the text for a Paideia seminar.
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears
Young scholars investigate U.S. history by reading American Indian stories. In this Cherokee Indian activity, students identify the cruelty inflicted towards Native Americans by the European settlers and the "trail of tears" that were left.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Andrew Jackson: 1767-1845
A thorough examination of Andrew Jackson's presidency and politics, these slides contain important facts and pictures of the growing United States. Events such as the Trail of Tears and the Tariff Battles of the early 19th century are on full display in this presentation.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
Social Studies Vocabulary
Build a content-specific vocabulary or introduce new concepts prior to teaching a lesson on Westward Expansion. Each slide provides a term, concept, or person along with a simplistic definition. John Quincy Adams, the Trail of Tears, the Indian Removal Act, and First Bank of the US are some of the terms you'll encounter.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Relocation of the Cherokee in North Carolina
Considering a study of the Trail of Tears? Check out this resource before you begin. Class members use maps to chart the movement of the Cherokee from the 18th through the 19th centuries. They consult primary and secondary sources to develop an understanding of how these Native Americans were perceived by the early settlers and the clash of cultures that lead to the wars that took place.
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
And Justice for All: The Trail of Tears, Mexican Deportation, and Japanese Internment
Native American displacement, deportation of Mexican Americans, and Japanese internment are the focus of this history resource. It includes learning objectives, a materials list, key terms, related sources of information, an anticipatory activity, and the main activity.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Trail of Tears; Its Grief and Loss
Fifth graders trace the development and expansion of the US while studying the Trail of Tears. They examine the political factors and analyze the impact the Indian Removal Act had upon a society. They present a case for or against the Indian Removal Act.
And Justice For All: The Trail of Tears, Mexican Deportation, and Japanese Internment
Students examine the many times in U.S. History in which a group of people were displaced. As a class, they discuss the differences between immigration, deportation, resettlement and internment. Using the internet, they research the Trail of Tears, the internment of Japanese-Americans and the deportation of Mexicans.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Trail of Tears; Its Grief and Loss
Fifth graders are introduced to the removal of Native Americans along the Trail of Tears. In groups, they examine the political factors that caused this removal and its effect on society. To end the lesson, they discuss various ways to deal with grief and loss.