This activity is a great way to get students to analyze and infer about early American societies on their own. Using images and directions found in my American Beginnings PowerPoint resource, work with students on an example visual analysis before letting them enter the "gallery" on their own. After each part of analysis is clear, have groups walk through four different images that reveal possible answers to the final conclusion questions.
By the end, students should be able to answer the following solely from visual document analysis and historical inference.
1. What were the effects of agriculture on the hunting and gathering people of the Americas?
2. In what ways did early Native American societies leave their mark upon the landscape?
3. Why would Native American attitudes toward land ownership lead to conflict with Europeans?