Conflict in Alabama in the 1830s: Native Americans, Settlers, and Government

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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 States in the 1800s.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Expand the study and have class members investigate The Trail of Tears
  • Connect to a language arts unit on Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee or another historical novel
Classroom Considerations

  • Although designed for honors level or AP US history classes, the resource would be appropriate for most classes with slight modifications
  • The lesson assumes class members have previous knowledge of the Native American tribes in the Southeast and the massacre at Fort Mims
  • A similar lesson designed for non-AP level classes is linked below
Pros

  • The resource introduces the APPARTS strategy that may be used to analyze primary sources and to respond to a Document Based Question (DBQ)
  • The eight-page resource includes background information for instructors, links to the primary source documents and related materials, an AP-style DBQ prompt, and the essay rubric
Cons

  • Sample scored essays are not included