Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trail of Tears Lesson Plan

When teaching about the Trail of Tears (also known as Indian Removal) in the 1830s, students often are perplexed by the government's decision to remove thousands of American Indians from their homeland and force them to settle in modern day Oklahoma. Learning why this tragic violation of civil rights occurred, can help students understand the importance of protecting civil rights in the present. Here is a link to a great lesson plan, with extensive historical documents, that can help students learn about the conflicting perspectives of the time, as well as a nice summary from PBS on Andrew Jackson's involvement in Indian Removal. They are worth a glance.

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