Indian Removal Act Primary Source Analysis Lesson Plan

Grade Levels
7th - 11th
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10 pages
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This engaging lesson plan on America's Indian Removal Act is a fantastic resource to get your students thinking critically, analyzing primary sources, and working together!

The complete lesson includes detailed teacher directions to set up multiple activities in one class period. There's a warm up question, introduction, link to a short video, and discussion points before leading into the primary source analysis activity.

There are 10 short excerpts from various speeches or documents related to the Indian Removal Act. These include words of President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, Alexis de Tocqueville, soldiers, and others. Each helps students gain a clearer image of the divergent views regarding the removal of the Cherokee and other Native American groups from the southeast.

Students record their own analysis of each on a chart then move on to a longer primary source speech to analyze. A worksheet is included for this speech to help students focus on the key points.

Editable Google Doc versions of the entire lesson plan with primary sources and the concluding primary source speech and worksheet are also now included in the download!

Answer keys for each are included for your convenience along with ideas for extension activities.

This resource can also be downloaded as part of this Complete Age of Jackson Unit Plan Bundle.

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Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
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.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

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