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The Price of Freedom: Americans at War Printable Exhibition

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War is a collection of 13 resources from a printable exhibition curated by the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  Each resource begins with a summary and a table of contents. The resources...
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On This Day: The End of the French and Indian War

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Most Americans don't connect the French and Indian War with the American Revolution. Yet, scholars consider the expensive war as a major cause of the conflict. Watching video clips of historians speaking about the conflict, budding...
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The French and Indian War

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Sharpen those pencils and get to writing with a series of document-based questions about the French and Indian War. High schoolers focus on maps, letters, and other primary documents from the 18th century before answering writing prompts...
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Conflict, Consequences and Solutions

For Teachers 1st
First graders gather information about the Montana Indian people and relate to conflicts in their life.  In this conflict resolution lesson plan, 1st graders recognize that people can have differences of opinion and how to handle them. ...
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Factors Causing Conflict and Cooperation Among Groups and Nations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the factors that lead to conflict.In this conflict resolution lesson, students analyze and evaluate the causes that create conflict or cooperation among people. Students discuss the results of conflicts and evaluate...
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The French and Indian War

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Broaden your history class' knowledge of early America with this presentation, which takes them through the beginnings, battles, and bitter end of the French and Indian War. Vivid maps and paintings help tie the slides together. Note:...
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The Iron Horse vs. the Buffalo: Indian-Settler Conflict on the Great Plains

For Teachers 10th
The Iron Horse encroached upon the land while conflicts escalated between Native Americans and the settlers. Sophomores study the print, American Progress then discuss how American progress affected Native Americans. They will study the...
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The Indian Subcontinent Since 1947: The Legacy of Independence

For Teachers 7th - 10th
An exploration of Indian and Pakistani cultures and conflicts throughout the 20th - 21st centuries, this presentation features relevant political cartoons and poignant photos to illustrate the breadth of politics in India and Pakistan....
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Jacksonian America and the Indian Removal Act of 1830

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students utilize primary sources to explore the national climate concerning Native American Indians during the Andrew Jackson administration. They are presented with opinions for and against the Indian Removial Act of 1830 as they...
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Conflict in Alabama in the 1830s: Native Americans, Settlers, and Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To better understand the Indian Removal Act of 1830, class members examine primary source documents including letters written by Alabama governors and the Cherokee chiefs. The lesson is part of a unit on the expansion of the United...
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Explaining Factors Causing Conflict and Cooperation

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars discuss what causes conflicts amongst groups especially pertaining to Native American tribes. In this conflicts lesson plan, students have discussion questions that they verbally answer and write in a journal.
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A History of Conflict

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore issues contributing to current tensions between Pakistan and India, drawing conclusions about how the conflict came about and where it may be heading. They Participate in an in-class "diplomacy summit"; create a...
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Commerce in the Indian Ocean

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study the geographic features of the Indian Ocean and examine how the monsoon influenced maritime trading patterns before 1500. They investigate why certain areas made good trading posts and why these areas attracted trade. They...
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What Causes Conflicts Among People?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders describe factors that cause conflict. In this social studies lesson students identify the causes of conflict as well as contributions to cooperation among groups. The students recognize that Montana Indigenous tribes make...
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Indian Nations vs. Settlers on the American Frontier: 1786–1788

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Once Americans won the Revolutionary War, their quest to gain land did not end. An interesting activity focuses on Americans' expansion into the frontier following the war and how it conflicted with Native Americans living in the area....
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North Indian Conquest and Unification

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students become familiar with the effects of the Aryan conquest in North India.  In this Indian History and Philosophy lesson, students learn of the results of the Aryan conquest in North India.  Students research and answer critical...
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Analyzing Montana Indians' Points of Historic Significance

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students gain an understanding of Indian views of the Lewis and Clark expeditions. In this Montana Indians lesson, students discover how the Indians felt about the situation between Lewis and Clark and Blackfeet Indians. Students watch a...
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The French and Indian War: The War That Shaped America’s Destiny

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
How would a Frenchman, Englishman, and Native American have each viewed the French and Indian War? Your young historians will learn about their unique perspectives and the war as a whole through a role-playing activity, engaging...
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The Indian Removal Act: Was it Constitutional?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Pairs conduct an Internet search for a series of primary and secondary sources pertaining to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia. Armed with information gathered, teams then debate whether the Indian Removal Act was...
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The Story of India - The Meeting of Two Oceans - 3/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Part-three of this six part series begins with a dramatization of a battle between Indians and Muslims which led to the dawn of the Mughal Empire. Unlike other Muslim rulers in India, the Mughal leader was a devote Sufi and had a deep...
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The French and Indian War (1754-1763)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about the French and Indian War. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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American Indians and Their Environment

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create a storyboard of the three American Indian language groups showing the geography of where they lived and how they adapted to the environment. They compare European and American Indian views of nature and explain how these...
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The French and Indian War (1754-1763)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the French and Indian War. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Impact of Indian Removal

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders consider how the majority sometimes enforces unjust laws upon the minority. In this Indian Removal lesson, 7th graders research Internet and print sources regarding the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and discuss its impact on...
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A Treaty Tail: U.S. - Indian Treaty Councils in the Northwest

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students view a painting as a document to find out about the Indian Treaty Councils.  In this artist's perspective lesson plan, students study the conflicts as shown in various pictures.  Students answer questions about what they learn...
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Lesson 1: The Creek War - Return to Nativism or International Pawn? Religious War or International Conflict?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars investigate the countries and peoples involved in the Creek Indian War. They study the complex relationships between American and European settlers and the native Alabamians in the early 19th Century.
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Events Leading to the Indian Removal 1830-1832

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the effects of Indian Removal on the Cherokee Nation. In this American history lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Students write short stories that detail the...
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George Washington and the Beginnings of the French and Indian War

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students read about the causes of the French and Indian War. In this French and Indian war lesson plan, students read about the physical and human problems that lead to the war. They also learn about George Washington's role in the war.
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Empire to Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a wonderful presentation, perfect for setting the stage for the Revolutionary War. Containing great information and images, it acts as a timeline of events starting with the French Indian War and ending with the dawn of the...
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Conflict And Cooperation

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders engage in a study of how cultural indian tribal groups cooperated or had conflicts amongst themselves. The research is conducted using a variety of resources and students make connections to their own culture. The skills...
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Brush Lake State Park Indian Education For All Lesson Plan

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners, after exploring several secondary historical sources, compare/contrast their local history of the Brush Lake area, by viewing their own individual local histories. They assess contemporary cultures of the white homesteaders and...
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Conflicts in North Carolina colonial history: Tuscarora War

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Using primary and secondary resources, learners gather information about the Tuscarora War of 1711-1715 and create a chart detailing who was involved, what happened, as well as when, where, and why the war occurred. Consider...
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Using Inquiry Processes to Research American Indian Issues

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Help your young learners write a research paper about Native Americans. After reading articles with differenct perspectives, they pick a Nation to research and write a short paper. 
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Analyzing Point of View- Chief Rosebud Remembers Lewis and Clark

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students analyze point of view.  In this Chief Rosebud remembers lesson, students view a film and write a response.  Students discuss the discovery of Lewis and Clark and how it impacted American Indians.  Students discuss the importance...
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Tropical Africa and Asia: 1200-1500

For Teachers 9th - 11th
China, India, and Africa are all players in the trade, culture, conflict, and politics that marked a 300 year period in tropical Afro-Asian history. This comprehensive presentation covers environment, economics, religion, and the effects...
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Cooperative Learning Units

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Groups of learners work cooperatively to perform research, and compile a presentation for the class on a selected Nevada Indian Tribes. Some of the topics researched are territorial movements, religion, social life, recreation, and food...
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Indians and White Americans

For Students 5th - 6th
In this American history worksheet, students complete a chart comparing 6 aspects of American Indian and White American culture. Students then answer 2 essay questions.
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Ohio's Indian Wars

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the circumstances that prompted Ohio's Indian wars. In this Native American history activity, 8th graders read textbook pages as well as primary documents prior to creating Venn diagrams that compare the wants and...
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Comprehension Activities for The Indian in the Cupboard

For Students 4th - 5th
For this comprehension activities for The Indian in the Cupboard worksheet, students, after reading the book, answer 11 comprehension questions and complete 5 extension activities.
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Jamestown Colonies and the Powhatan Indians

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discuss the Jamestown colony and the Powhatan Indians. In this colonial history lesson plan, 8th graders talk about conflicts between the Native Americans and the colonists. They read a biography about Pocahontas to help...
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The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Indian Removal

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils virtually travel The Trail of Tears. In this Cherokee Indian Removal lesson plan, students research selected Internet sources to determine the hardships experienced by Native Americans who were forced to move to reservations....
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American Indian Cultural Regions

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research and compare American Indian cultural regions of North America to investigate how these nations of Indians interacted with their environment in different ways.
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"The Indian in the Cupboard" Chapters 15 and 16 Test

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this comprehension activity, learners answer a set of 15 multiple choice questions covering chapters 15 and 16 of The Indian in the Cupboard. An answer key is included.
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Cultural Interactions with the American Indians

For Students 7th - 8th
In this cultural interactions with the American Indians worksheet, students use the graphic organizer to list the ways the Spanish, French and English interacted with the First Americans, then list areas of cooperation and areas of...
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Ohio Frontier

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the conflict of Native Americans in Ohio.  In this Wyandot Removal lesson, students examine primary resources, debate sides, review a timeline of events, and discuss how immigration and governmental actions affected...
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Honor and Passion for Glory: George Washington in the Ohio Valley

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine George Washington's life as a young British colonial officer during the French and Indian War.
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What Causes Conflicts Among People?

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discuss situations of conflict and cooperation in their lives. In groups, they research the factors of conflict and cooperation among Montana Native American tribes. As a class, they discuss the idea of culture and how we...
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20th-Century Warfare: Unique Contributions of American Indians

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students discover the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers. In this 20th century conflict lesson, students watch a video about the contributions of Native Americans to the World Wars I and II as well as Vietnam. Students also use...
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Tapokadooa: How the Dawes Act Affected Northern Paiute Children's Lives

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the Dawes Act and understand its effects on the Paiute Indians. In this Paiute lesson, students recognize that many Native Americans lost their land and money after the Dawes Act. Students dissect a worksheet for...
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Conflict Over Land

For Students 7th - 11th
In this U.S. history worksheet, students respond to 6 short answer questions about just wars and the role of war in American society.
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The Treaty Trail: US Indian Treaty Councils in the Northwest

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and examine primary sources concerning the Washington Territory. For this Native American removal lesson, students view portrait images created by Gustav Sohon. Students then read several biographies that correspond to...
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Empire and Identity in the American Colonies

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The American Revolution was born out of a European conflict that spilled over into North America—and the documents prove it! Using primary sources from the era of the French and Indian War, including British plans to try to unite its...
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The History of Hindu India

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
What obstacles did India face during their post-colonial formation after gaining independence? Topics discussed in the lesson include Pakistan's conflict over Kashmir, the Indian Constitution, economic development, and the influence of...
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Native Resistance: Native Resistance Then and Now

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
New ReviewNative Americans lost so much—and gained so little in return. Scholars explore Native Americans' resistance to the United States government. The lesson uses primary sources to explore the different forms of protest and gives a voice to...
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The Natives and the English

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Dig deeper into our traditional understanding of the relationship between Native Americans and English settlers in colonial America. From early beginnings that saw mutually beneficial relationships among Native Americans and colonists...
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The Seven Years War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Colonial America brought two nations to war: the British and the French. Scholars research just what caused this conflict to take place, while looking into the long-term ramifications in the American colonies, with an informative and...
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Health Enhancement

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders play physical movement games to enhance their health and research Indian cultures. For this movement lesson plan, 7th graders research Indian movements and use them in physical activity.
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Ohio Frontier

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Explore the lives of American Indians and early settlers in the state of Ohio. Young native Ohioans (or members of another state)  research primary and secondary multimedia sources that detail the history between American Indians and...
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Pre-Colonial Native American Groups

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars investigate U.S. history by researching the Internet and taking a test. In this American Indian group lesson, students identify the many specific Native American tribes and their geographic locations. Young scholars...
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James Welch's Fools Crow

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners explore the history of Montana's Native Americans by reading James Welch's Fools Crow. Set shortly after the Civil War, the novel focuses on a young Blackfoot Indian and his tribe. Over the course of several weeks, class members...
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Conflict and Captivity in the Colonies

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine the coexistence of Native Americans and colonist in colonial America. In this colonial America lesson plan, students research primary documents regarding Hannah Dustin and  Mary Rowlandson's captures and releases at the...
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Comparing American Indian and European Economic Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore Native American culture by examining their economy.  In this financial history instructional activity, students define the European economies as capitalist while finding the opposite for Native Americans.  Students...
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Geography Now! India

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
India is a complex country. It's so diverse that a person from one Indian state may need a translator to understand those from another. A video profile showcases the nation, including its Bengal tigers, respect for cows, and modern-day...
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The Story of India - Freedom and Liberation - 4/6

For Teachers 6th - 12th
After the war of 1857 more colonies came, census began, and a new type of India arose. Primary source documents, new papers from the late 1800s, and academic discussion make this an interesting look at India's rise to freedom and liberty.
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Conflict On The Plains

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the culture and lifestyles of the Lakota Sioux and the Northern Cheyenne tribes. They use a variety of resources for research. They create questions based on information to be used during classroom discussion...
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Revolutionary War and Native Americans

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use a number of activities to examine the events that lead to the Revolutionary War. They examine the wars, including the French and Indian War and how they contributed to Revolution. They use textbooks, make timelines,...
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Forced to Move in More Ways Than One

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the Native American movement. They study the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the Dawes Act of 1887, and the Indian Boarding Schools in 1887. They research each episode and create a Venn diagram poster.
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The Proclamation of 1763

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the impact of the Proclamation of 1763. In this colonial America lesson, students determine the how the proclamation affected the British Crown, the colonists, and the Indians and present their findings to the class.
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How To Stay Out of Hot Water

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss the events of the Boston Tea Party. They role-play various scenarios from the Boston Tea Party using their conflict resolution skills.
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The Battle of Honey Springs: The Civil War Comes to the Indian Territory (68)

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learn how the Civil War created fierce conflicts among American Indian nations who had been moved across the Mississippi River.
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How the West was Won? Conflict and Change on the Western Frontier

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders assess the conflict and change that occurred in the westward expansion following the Civil War. They list specific reasons why different groups moved west and the interaction between the "white" European civilization and...
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French and Indian War

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners explore the French and Indian War. In this United States history and literacy lesson, students view several video clips about the French and Indian War and listen to the book Four Bullets Through My Coat. Learners add...
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Conflict and Compromise

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine opinions about the Boston Tea Party. In this colonial America lesson, students analyze several primary sources about the Tea Party and then write essays that reveal efforts to compromise as well as efforts to instigate...
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Relationships Between the Colonists and Indians

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine the relationship between the Indians and new settlers. Using the conflicts before the Revolutionary War, they discover the cooperation and conflicts that existed between the two groups. They explore the influence and...
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Indians of the Woodlands

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners read and discuss a text about housing styles of the Haida and Iroquois Indians. They, in groups, complete worksheets and present their findings to the class.
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Dedham Deed

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars attempt to decipher a 17th century New England land deed to determine ownership of land. They explore how English settler's confusion over land ownership lead to conflict with the Pocumtuck Indian tribe.
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Walking the Trail of Tears

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, through the use of examining video clips and Websites, become familiar with the reasons that the settlers wanted the land, broke treaties, and initiated the Indian Removal Act leading to the Trail of Tears.
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The Vision Quest

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore lives of Chief Plenty Coups and Crow Indians, focusing specifically on tradition of Vision Quests. Students identify reasons for Vision Quests, and create presentation to share information found with classmates.
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The Old North Trail

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students engage in a lesson to find information about the old trails of North America that were used by Native Americans. Specifically, they conduct research to find the history of The Old North Trail. The teacher shares several theories...
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Old Hickories

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students analyze historical events to develop a historical perspective. In this critical analysis instructional activity, students read excerpts, primary sources and other materials in order to understand the Native American Removal that...
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Myth of the West: The Battle of the Washita

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Go West, young man! Scholars use PBS video clips, slide shows, and interactive materials to create a picture of Manifest Destiny in the American West. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, young historians learn about the...
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Montana Skies

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders discover the diversity in the 12 tribal nations in Montana. In this sun, moon and stars activity, 3rd graders become familiar with different explanations from the Montana tribes of the origin of the sun, moon and stars....
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1704 Attack on Deerfield

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Class groups examine conflicting primary and secondary sources describing the 1704 attack on the fort at Deerfield by French and Native Americans and analyze the implications of discrepancies.
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"Three Shots": Ernest Hemingway's Nick Adams

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Analyze characterization in literature. Readers use "Three Shots," from The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway and complete classroom activities that require them to apply literary analysis techniques. They write their own short...
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The Wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

For Teachers K - 4th
Explore European settlers by researching the history of Virginia. In this Native American history lesson plan, students identify the famous American Indian Princess named Pocahontas, her relationship with John Smith, and her marriage to...
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi: Part Two

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Literature has hosted many epic battles, but none so fierce and vengeful as Rudyard Kipling's "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." Finish the story with an audio recording of the second half, complete with mighty conflict and bested cobra.
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Timeline In Indian Education

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate the history of education for Native Americans. The roles of adults is the focus and how they delivered instruction to upcoming generations. Students focus upon the skill of oral tradition and write a summary of the...
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Negotiating Treaties

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders recognize the interaction between early settlers and indigenous people in the U.S. They recognize the impact of the Indian Removal Act on displaced Natives in the early West and the impact on Native attitudes today.
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Native Americans 1700s-1800s

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate and explain major Native American groups, events, individuals and conflicts from the 1700s through the 1800s in the early American colonies and the United States.
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Using Mahatma Gandhi's Swaraj and Satyagraha Ideals in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students write definitions of swaraj and satyahraha as presented by Mahatma Gandhi, and how they pertain to them in the classroom. In this Gandhi lesson plan, students determine the rights and responsibilities they have and how to solve...
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The Power of Our Words: Using Language that Promotes Nonviolence

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students solve conflicts through nonviolent means. In this problem resolution lesson plan, students practice solving problems in different social settings. They try many nonviolent phrases and they create their own solutions. 
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Native American Boarding Schools

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students discover details about the Indian Boarding Schools of the 1880's-1920's. For this Native American history lesson, students research information about the schools and then write essays about them.
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Native American and White Settler Lifestyle

For Students 5th - 6th
In this American West activity, students review the lifestyles for the Native Americans and the white settlers. Students determine why there would be conflict between the groups based on the lifestyles.
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The Omaha Experiment: Analyzing Federal Allotment Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate federal allotment policies. In this Native American history lesson plan, students analyze the Dawes Act and determine how it impacted Indian reservation policies after the Civil War.
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The Rise of Native American Reservations

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars identify and interpret the history of the creation of Indian reservations during the 19th century. Then they become aware of potential reactions to governmental restrictions on property by simulating the creation of an...
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People for the Land: Native Americans in Iowa

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students identify Iowa's American Indian cultures and complete a research project for the topic. In this Iowa's American Indian instructional activity, students research read the background information about tribes in Iowa and complete a...
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Plains Indians

For Teachers 1st
First graders create a KWL chart on Native Americans and listen to a speaker from a local Indian Reservation. As a class, they are read part of a Native American story in which they pick their own Native American name and identify their...
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Jamestown Settlement - Overcoming Hardship and Conflict

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students reflect on the hardships of the settlers and how they overcame them to build Jamestown.  In this United States History lesson, students work in small groups to analyze historical documents from the colonist's time frame then...
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Utah American Indian and non-Indian Conflicts

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the relationship between American Indian and non-Indians during the Utah Territorial period.
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Utah American Indian and non-Indian Conflicts

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine Utah's struggle for statehood. They study the relationship between American Indian and non-Indians during the Utah Territorial period and determine that the process of statehood involving cultures, and ideas left...
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A History of Conflict

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students explore issues contributing to the current conflict over the Kashmir region; Indian and Pakistani leadership and steps towards peace since the Indian subcontinentgained independence from British rule in 1947.
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Social Studies: Indian Land Claims

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the Maine Indian Land Claims Case and determine the equity of the settlement. In groups, they evaluate and defend various topics related to the case and complete worksheets clarifying their positions. After presenting...
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Early Indian Inhabitants of Deerfield

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explain that there is evidence of New England's being inhabited by Indians as far back as 10,000 years ago.
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History: New England Indian Wars

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research English and Indian battles in New England. Working in groups, they examine the Bloody Brook Massacre and the falls fight. After completing battle summary worksheets, hold a class discussion to review the findings.
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Indians at Arras

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the role played by Britsih Empire troops in the First World War. They analyze the natrue, origin and purpose of propaganda. Students watch the "Newsreel", they are asked to write down everything that they can infer...
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners study pioneers on the Oregon Trail through a simulation. They will discover the supplies, choices, and modes of transportation while on the Oregon Trail. They also identify geography difficulties, weather...
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate U.S. History by defining the voyages of Lewis and Clark. In this famous explorers lesson, students analyze the American Indian's point of view of European exploration by watching an educational DVD. High...
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Disney's Pocahontas: Fact or Fiction?

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Did you know that Pocahontas was 12 when Jamestown was established? Did you know that she later married John Rolfe? Did you know that she lived in London for two years? Did you know that she died of small pox? Class members study the...
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Texts and Era Introduction

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Make text-to-world connections between 1920s American history and The Great Gatsby. Upper graders share facts they researched about the 1920s the evening prior, view two video clips about F. Scott Fitzgerald, and then choose a book to...
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Forming Connections Across Generations and Cultures

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore contemporary Indian literature. They compare and contrast intergenerational conflict in different cultures. Students explain and clarify their views on marriage and traditions.
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Major Events Leading to the American Revolution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students explore the causes of the American Revolution. In this taxation without representation instructional activity, students analyze political cartoons in order to gain an understanding of the efforts of the colonists to resolve...
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Lewis and Clark: Meeting the Indians of the Northwest

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the relationships forged with Native Americans by Lewis and Clark. In this Westward Expansion lesson, 8th graders research digital and print sources to study details regarding the Native American tribes that Lewis...
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June 25, 1876: An Interpretation of an Historical Event

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the Battle of Little Bighorn. In this Native American history lesson, students conduct research regarding the battle and the relationship between the Sioux and the American government. Learners consider how the U.S....
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Modern Interpretations

For Teachers 4th - 8th
To conclude an eight-lesson study of the events that occurred in the early colonial period in Deerfield, Massachussetss, class members evaluate the point of view and bias found in late 19th and early 20th century retellings.
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The Battle of Horseshoe Bend: Collision of Cultures (54)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discover the political and cultural conflicts that led to the Battle of Horseshoe Blend, Alabama, and evaluate historical maps of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. They research American Indian cultures that were located in...
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Horseshoe Bend Battlefield

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils research the political and cultural conflicts that provoked the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. They examine and describe the effects of this battle on the Creek Indians.
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Two Ways of Life

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students visit Internet sites to compare ways of life of Indians on western Texas frontier and U.S. military men at Texas forts, and draw pictures to illustrate clothing, transportation, weapons, and shelter of both Indians and U.S....
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The Great Exchange

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the connection that the present has to the past and how different cultures impact each other with lasting results. They discuss European exploration in North America and West Africa by describing cultural...
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Black Hawk and the Black Hawk Trail

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the American Indian tribe of Black Hawk and its trail. They use computers and a variety of technology resources to find information and put together a multimedia presentation. The end result is a storyboard...
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A Piecemeal Peace Process

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore Indian and Pakistani steps toward peace since the Indian subcontinent gained independence from British rule in 1947. They, in groups, research and then create multi-tiered timelines representing politics during those...
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Kashmir in the Crossfire

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students, in groups, research specific decades and then create multi-tiered timelines representing Indian and Pakistani relations and politics during those decades.
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First Nations vs. Euro-Americans

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students analyze primary and secondary source documents to help them describe the cooperation and conflict that existed among the American Indians and new settlers. Then, students analyze the purpose, challenges, and economic incentives...
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The Buffalo War: A Clash of Cultures

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students view a documentary on the different values and meaning placed on the buffalo. Examining various cultures, they link the attitudes to the treatment of the animal in the wild. They develop solutions to the conflict raised by the...
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Property, Theft and Generosity

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine excerpts of Lewis and Clark's journal entries during their expedition. They identify any disputes with the Indians over land and discuss how they might have been avoided. They add entries to their journals.
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THE KALAPUYAS AND PIONEERS : OREGON'S MANIFEST DESTINY

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Students study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history lesson, students study the altered environments of settlers and Native Americans, the conflicts between the groups, the...
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Frontier Wars of the 1790's

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research specific events from the Frontier Wars of the 1790's. In this Frontier Wars lesson, 4th graders examine primary sources and construct a timeline of events between various Indian tribes and the U.S. Students...
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The Black Hawk War, 1832

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars read and discuss primary documents about the Black Hawk War. They choose one of the conflicts during the war and investigate primary documents to explain both sides of the conflicts, and to discover inconsistencies in the...
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Choosing Sides: The Native Americans' Role in the American Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the different roles assumed by various Native American tribes during the American Revolution. They examine the issues involved for Native Americans in choosing the British or the American side of the conflict, such as...
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Trash! How Cities Work: Dealing with Garbage in the US and India

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students identify how different cultures deal with the challenge of trash. Read an excerpt from a chapter book based on real life written from the Southern Indian perspective. Describe the life of a street child in Southern India....
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Pick a Mountain Side

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine opposing points of view in a legal land use battle and propose resolutions for the conflict. They further explore the situation by drafting memorandums of understanding that outline a path to reconciliation.
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The Boston Tea Party

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore U.S. history by creating a Blog in class. In this Boston Tea Party lesson, 5th graders identify the individuals involved in the historic moment and discuss who was right or wrong in the conflict. Students view...
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Oh, California

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students begin this lesson by charting information about the relationship between the Spanish missionaries and Native Americans at a California mission. Then, students identify the dynamics of those relationships that would have made...
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Standing Bear Day 1

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars use the RAFT writing method to analyze the impact of the Trail of Tears. In this lesson on the impact of settlers on Native American populations, students analyze the Ponca tribes, standing Bear and the Cherokee Trail of...
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The Treaty Trail: U.S. Indian Treaty Councils in the Northwest

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers create a timeline with the major events of the 19th and 20th century dealing with Native Americans. They examine artifacts and discuss how they reflect culture. They also identify trade routes the Native Americans used.
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Wake Up King George!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the conflict between the American colonies and England and write about it. In this America verses England lesson plan, 4th graders read books, watch videos, and have class discussions about this time in history...
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Negotiating a Treaty between the US Government and the Native Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the implications of the Indian Removal Act. In this Native American history lesson, students simulate the treaty process and research the interaction between natives and settlers in the American West.
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Survival Environment

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discover the interaction between American Indians of different regions and their environments. They also identify what resources American Indians used from their environment to meet their basic needs.
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A Shot in the Backwoods of Pennsylvania Sets the World Afire

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils study the French and Indian War and examine the events that led to the conflict.  In this political lesson students compare the important significance of this event and how the relationships were impacted.
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Encounters – Native Americans and Euro Americans (1850-1870)

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students consider the plight of Native Americans. In this Oregon history lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding land conflicts between the whites and Native Americans. Students discuss resettlement and...
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Give Peace A Chance: Nonviolence as a valid strategy for social change

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars analyze how people solve conflicts. In this conflict resolution lesson, students look at Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King's nonviolence movements. They see the reasoning behind nonviolence and how it works. 
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Welcome to North America

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders are introduced to their year-long study of North America. Students will investigate regions of North America, American Indian cultural regions and the influence of European colonization. During their study, 5th graders...
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Native American Removal - "Trail of Tears"

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders identify the sources of conflict between American settlers and the Cherokee nation and describe events leading up to the forced relocation of the tribe in 1838-1839. They then evaluate the effects of the relocation using...
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Global Literature: Nectar In A Sieve

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students write a persuasive essay explaining how religion and/or spirituality serves as both a guide and a source of conflict for both an individual and their culture. They develop a definition for the terms spiritual and religious...
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Andrew Jackson

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the presidency of Andrew Jackson. Using the Internet, they research his decision to remove the Indians from their land and place them on reservations. They discuss the effects of the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
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The Displacement of the Native Americans

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders comprehend the interaction and conflict between Native Americans and white settlers in the years following the Civil War. They examine how those conflicts impacted the Native American way of life on the Great Plains.
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Today We Encountered the White Man

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners analyze and interpret artifacts and a timeline to get specific information.  In this timeline lesson plan students work in groups to research an Indian tribe and write an information piece of their research. 
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The Depletion of the Buffalo

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders consider different cultural viewpoints. In this Kansas history activity, 7th graders examine the depletion of buffalo as a contention point between Native American and European settlers. Students read diary entries to...
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Buffalo Soldiers

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore the role of the buffalo soldiers in the United States Army during the nineteenth century conflict along the frontier with the Indian tribes. They discuss the social change represented by African Americans serving...
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Ahimsa in Writers Workshop

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students investigate nonviolent lifestyles by researching the life of Gandhi.  In this journalism lesson, students define the word ahimsa and how important nonviolence is when solving conflicts.  Students create a timeline of personal...
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Boston Tea Party

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research the Boston Tea Party. In this Boston Tea Party lesson, 5th graders explore the conflict leading to the Boston Tea Party. Students investigate the causes and effects of the American Revolution.
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Standing Bear

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine Indian removal. In this Native American lesson, students research Internet and print sources to compare and contrast the Cherokee removal and the Ponca removal.
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Deerfield Families

For Teachers 4th - 6th
To understand the consequences of the 1704 attack on Deerfield by combined French and Native American forces, groups research primary and secondary resources related to four Deerfield families involved in the attack.
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I Heard the Owl Call My Name

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders write a two to three page paper addressing one of the following topics: Analyze the values and beliefs of the two conflicting cultures. Explain which values seem to dominate within the conflict and why. They brainstorm...
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Stereotypes

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders define the word stereotypes and identify various examples. In groups, they discuss what they can gather about life and society from other culture groups. They also describe factors that cause conflict and cooperation among...
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Native Americans During the 19th and 20th Centuries

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore major events in Native American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this American history lesson, students listen to lectures, examine photographs, and analyze music regarding Native American history...
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Case Study: Territorial Disputes

For Students 7th - 8th
In this case study worksheet, students complete sentences by filling in missing words or phrases without using a word bank. The focus is on the dispute over Kashmir.
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Wounded Knee Massacre

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students examine sources regarding the Battle of Wounded Knee from the perspective of Lakota fighters and American...
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The Battle of Oriskany

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students research the effects the Battle of Oriskany had on the American Revolution and determine whether the Tories or the Rebels won the battle.
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Economic Decision-Making

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the cultural values of the Aboriginal people of Canada. For this global economics lesson, 10th graders discuss how capitalistic economies have changed the traditional values of the Aboriginal people in Canada.
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Competing For Food

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the hunting and gathering aspects of the Washoe culture. They are assigned roles, and participate in a simulation of surviving through the seasons by competing for food with other people and tribes.
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Lost Creek- Sacred Landscapes

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders engage in the discovery of the meaning of Sacred Landscapes. The religious concept is researched for its impact upon the practices of Native Americans and the geographical regions. They write reflection papers upon the...
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An Introduction to the Little Shell Tribe

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students engage in a instructional activity to find information about the history of the Little Shell Tribe. The concepts of sovereignty and treaty are defined in relation to the information gathered using research methods. They answer...
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The Pocahontas Show

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders complete background reading of Europeans and the Native American Indians. They work in groups and represent an area of European colonization and create a "character" to represent their colonists on a class talk show....
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Chief Sealthe's Speech

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explain the conflict over land between Native Americans and the United States government. They evaluate Native American values and the results of the U.S. expansion into Native American lands.
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In the Light of Reverence

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students watch a documentary prior to participating in a Supreme Court simulation in order to study how religious practices are protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. They interpret conflict from a number of perspectives...
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Black Hawk War

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pupils discover that the Black Hawk War was a result of the collision of white lead mining interests and the attempt of the Sauk and Fox Indians to protect their homelands. They construct a timeline of this important event.
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Boarding Schools And Native American Culture

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers engage in a lesson that focuses on the influence of American values placed upon the Indians. Students use primary and secondary documents in order to explore the indoctrination. They create a project that reflects...
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Interpreting Quotes from Native Americans and European Americans (1790s-1820s)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the relationships between Native Americans and Europeans. Using the War of 1812, they analyze quotes of each group and discuss how they are connected to the war. They discover how each group viewed the same situation...
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Pocumtucks In Deerfield

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students read a story about the Pocumtucks' religious beliefs. Using the text, they discover their concept of land ownership and how they migrated within their territory in different seasons. They use primary and secondary sources to...
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Whose Land Is It Anyway?

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders comprehend the interaction and conflict beween Native Americans and white settlers in the years following the Civil War. They listen to T"his Land is Your Land." Students are asked what their interpretation of the...
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VS.5a

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore, examine and identify the reasons why the colonies went to war with England as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. They discover the conflicts that developed between the colonies and England over how the...
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A Share in America

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students examine map - reflect on why English colonist kept coming to America (scarcity of land in England / seemingly endless land in America) Recite line from English poem. They discuss English attitude towards Indians and their lands.
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Dancing Feathers

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders read and analyze the novel, 'Dancing Feathers.' They identify the main story elements, develop personal and fictional narratives, retell the story from a different point of view, create a mask, and design a postcard.
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Fort Owen: Cultural Crossroad of the Bitterroot Valley

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the history of Bitterroot Valley. They conduct research using primary and secondary resources. The analysis of the information is used to discover the true relationship the settlers and native peoples. Then...
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Be a Vishnu Avatar

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students write a story about a problem on earth. They imagine themselves as one of Vishnu's avatars or create another avatar for Vishnu who can solve the problem.
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The Importance of Plants to Native Cultures in the Past and Present

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the founding and history of Sluice Boxes State Park. They use both primary and secondary resources to collect data. The focus is upon the use of native plants to make medicines. They write reports about several...
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Places Of Power

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the Native American religious concept of Sacred Landscapes. The use of natural resources and religious rites is researched using a variety of sources. They discuss the importance of geographical places in the...
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African Americans in Revolutionary Times

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
How did black Americans contribute to colonial society in the United States and make active choices to exert some control over their lives as slaves? Explore the often overlooked yet incredibly important roles of Africans and African...
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The Power of Youth: Exploring the Civil Rights Movement with “Freedom’s Children"

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A reading of Freedom's Children, Ellen Levine's collection of the stories of 30 african Americans who were children during the 1950s and 1960s and were active in the Civil Rights protests, sparks a discussion of the power young people...
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Blood Done Sign My Name

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Tim Tyson's Blood Done Sign My Name is the anchor text in a unit study of the history of race relations and the civil rights struggle in the South. The 11 lessons are richly detailed and the unit deserves a space in your curriculum library.
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Civil War - Create A Living Timeline

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Take your traditional timeline project on the Civil War to the next level! From the attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 to the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865, your class members will research a particular event and then teach their...
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Seven Stars

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Students examine the stars and constellations. In this Seven Stars lesson, students manipulate logarithmic formulas to discover star properties.  Students read the story of the Seven Stars in the Crow culture and discuss the brightest...
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Problems and Events Leading Up To the Attack of 1704

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Groups read primary and secondary sources detailing the ambush at Bloody Brook on September 18, 1675 and the attack on The Falls in May of 1676. After examining the results of each attack, groups reflect on the language used in the...
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Dedham Deed

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Class members examine primary source documents that expose the contrasting views of land ownership between the Pocumtuck and English settlers.
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When Raindrops Get Dry - Mountains, Rain Shadows and Life

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore Native American traditions by completing worksheets. For this Native American spirituality lesson, 9th graders read assigned texts and identify the traditional beliefs of tribal cultures located within the Montana...
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Critical Thinking About the Arrival Of Columbus

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners look at the journey of Columbus from different point of view. In this Columbus lesson plan, students complete 4 different lessons. They include point of view, role-playing, opposing viewpoints, stereotypes and racism. 
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Slave Resistance

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
Young historians discover how slaves brought to America were active in their resistance to their enslavement, and work to dispel the typical stereotype of slaves as docile and passive peoples through discussion, notes, and a role-playing...
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Creating a Civil War Board Game

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Young historians demonstrate creativity and critical thinking skills in a project about the Civil War. Working in partners or groups, they design a board game that reviews information from the war, including causes of the war and...
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Queen Anne's War and Its Impact on Deerfield

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Class members read a series of primary and secondary source materials to examine the effects of Queen Anne's War, also know as the War of Spanish Succession, on the Pocumtucks and other Native Americans in the area of Deerfield, MA.
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Colonial Slave Resistance

For Teachers 8th Standards
How did colonial slaves in America struggle to defend themselves and maintain their African heritage?
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Living History: Local Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Your young historians will learn about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the nature of Jim Crow laws from those in the community who experienced it first-hand.
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World War II through the Radio Waves

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Young historians channel the very medium used to convey news during World War I. They create and present a five-minute radio broadcast on a particular topic from the war, such as the roles of African Americans and women, war bonds,...
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School Segregation

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians explore monumental events in the history of school segregation in the United States, such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. They conclude with an experiential activity by delivering an argument in...
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Native American Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine federal policies regarding Native Americans. In this Native American assimilation and removal policies instructional activity, students conduct research to compare the changes in federal policy regarding Native...
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Postcards From the American West

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Why did people move westward in the United States? Your young historians will examine the experiences of various groups on the American frontier, from a miner working near the Comstock Lode in Nevada, to an Apache chief from the...
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The Great Military: Map of Texas

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The battle at the Alamo may be one of the most famous military campaigns in Texas history, but it is by no means the only one. As part of their study of the military history of Texas, class members research less-well-known sites, locate...
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From Slavery to Sharecropping

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Your young historians will learn about the history of sharecropping and tenant farming that developed after the Civil War in the United States, and then compare those systems with the institution of slavery after participating in a...
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Reemergence of the “Vanishing Americans” ‐ Native Americans and World War II

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Discover the many contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans during World War II. After gaining background information through a detailed PowerPoint presentation and guided notes, your young historians will participate in a jigsaw...
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Cultural Vantage Points

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the history of Beaverhead County and Big Hole Valley. They focus on the Native American people groups of the immediate area. Students read about the journey of Lewis and Clark to create historical context. Then...
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Lone Pine- Cultural Fire Management

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the concept of fire and how it was used by the Native Americans. The lesson has sufficient background information for the teacher to establish historical context. Students summarize the nine uses for fire to...

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