America’s Indian Removal Policies: Tales and Trails of Betrayal

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Consider adapting culminating activity into a RAFT assignment on the topic of Indian removal
Classroom Considerations

  • Lengthy lesson plan that will require some preparation time to review
Pros

  • Very detailed instructional guidelines on how to present PowerPoint
  • Excellent resource for primary source analysis, beginning with paintings depicting the Trail of Tears and then leading into a dramatic reading of Andrew Jackson's First Annual Address and an excerpt from Chief John Ross of the Cherokee
Cons

  • Pictures used for image analysis are a little grainy and not of the best quality