Lesson Plan

Impact of the U.S. Expansion on Indigenous People and Stereotypes About Native American People

This Impact of the U.S. Expansion on Indigenous People and Stereotypes About Native American People lesson plan also includes:

The 2004 U.S. bicentennial sparks a discussion about its meaning and importance to United States history. Readings, maps, tables, and reflective writing prompt small groups to explore the westward expansion, Lewis and Clark, and how Native Americans contributed to the expedition. Learners examine stereotypes of Native Americans and how they should be challenged when heard. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson during November—Native American Heritage Month
  • Display images on a themed focus wall alongside class members finished products
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of three lessons in a Lewis and Clark unit; the second and third lesson target different grade levels 
  • Requires ample prep time to make copies and gather materials
  • A computer and projection device are optional 
Pros
  • Challenges learners to reflect on what they've learned about Lewis and Clark and consider new information from a different point of view 
  • Highlights how Native Americans helped explorers 
Cons
  • None