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Eighth graders explore early government treaties that forced the Cherokee off their land and illustrate changing boundaries of Cherokee land compared with surrounding states.
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Excerpt from the Trail of Tears Diary
How did Native American nations exhibit resilience as they were forcibly relocated from their homelands in 1830? Pupils read two interview excerpts from the Trail of Tears Diary and discuss what Native Americans fought to preserve along...
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
The Indian Removal Act: Was it Constitutional?
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...
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Idea Book – For Creating Lessons and Units About American Indians
Augment a unit on the traditions and legacies of Native Americans with an informational packet. With pages that detail the tribal origins of commonly used words, a list of ways that Native American customs influenced American democracy,...
2nd - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Native American Removal - "Trail of Tears"
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...
8th Social Studies & History
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...
8th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Yours and My Trail of Tears
Students investigate the Trail of Tears. In this United States history activity, students identify the reason for removing the Cherokee Nation and role play a modern day situation similar to the Indian Removal Act. Students reflect their...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
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...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed