This is at least a 3 day unit on Native Americans and the way the US government interacted with these communities in the 19th century. Over the course of this unit, students will reflect on their reading habits of mind, develop writing skills through the production of a podcast and learn about Native communities such as the Cherokees and Iroquois. Materials also address the status and location of Native communities in America today.
In this research project students will be asked to read and research on the following topics on Native American history:
The Cherokee Civilization Programs
Cherokee Nation Newspaper
The 14th Amendment
Christian Missions to Native Americans
Effects of the Gold Rush on Native Populations
Iroquois Six Nations
This lesson includes links to help students get started on each of these topics from reputable sources. Resources in Spanish are also made available for ELL students.
Reading, summarizing, analyzing non-fiction texts
Writing a podcast
Producing a podcast
Embedding a podcast into a blog (optional)
Common Core and Lesson Objectives addressed:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text.
Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.
STATE US HISTORY STANDARDS
11.10.5. Discuss the diffusion of the civil rights movement of ... and the advances [have] influenced the agendas, strategies, and effectiveness of the quests of American Indians, …[for] equal opportunities.
1) Students can describe the Cherokee Indians’ way of life and reasons for the US government’s removal of the Cherokee. Students can describe how Jackson strengthened the office of the President through enforcing Cherokee removal. Students can describe the imbalance and injustice between government actions and the Native American communities across the US.
2) Students can name and use metacognitive reading strategies such as visualization, connection to prior knowledge and identifying bias in various sources