Assimilation of Native Americans: Indian Boarding Schools (STATIONS)

Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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29 pages
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Through these primary source analysis stations, your students will gain an understanding of the assimilation of Native Americans in the United States following the Civil War, due to the use of Indian boarding schools. Through readings, photographs, and interviews, your students will analyze primary sources to learn the laws and history surrounding the schools in the United States, as well understand the negative impact these government instituted school experiences have had on Native American children and their families.

NOW GOOGLE COMPATIBLE: This resource is now compatible with Google. A Google Slides link is included so that you can give your students access to complete the stations digitally. Everything is set up for you!

This resource includes/covers the following:

- Introductory Reading Passage (build background knowledge and context)

- The Carlisle Indian Industrial School

- General Richard Harry Pratt

- Quick Assimilation

- Ethnocentrism

- Boarding School Life

- Interviews from former residential school students

- The Meriam Report of 1928

- Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978

This resource is LOW PREP! All of the student analysis pages are included in a student booklet. Just print and staple! Station materials are super easy to implement. Just print and trim (optional). Station labels are included (just fold into a tent).

What’s included:

- Student Analysis Booklet (just print and staple!)

- Introductory Reading Passage (build context; included in student booklet)

- Wrap Up and Reflection Questions (included in student booklet)

- Station Materials (5 Stations; just print and trim!)

- Station Labels (folds into tent)

- Teacher Tips

*Please Note: The term "Indian" is used only in reference to the boarding schools, as this was the title used to define these government instituted schools. All other references use the terms "Native people" or "Native Americans."

Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

Total Pages
29 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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