The Midwest has a long past that stretches back thousands and thousands of years. Long before explorers came to this area, many Native American peoples lived here. Two of those groups were the Adena and Hopewell, who thrived from about 1,000 BC to 400 AD. They built mounds and earthworks, worked with ceramics, stone, and metals, watched the stars, and had vast trading routes that stretched across North America.
This unit study dives into the prehistoric era of the Adena and Hopewell, including an introduction to prehistoric Native Americans, an in-depth study of both the Adena and Hopewell, and a vocabulary list. Students compare and contrast the two cultures using a Venn Diagram, answer comprehension questions about the readings, and write about their impression of daily life in an Adena or Hopewell village. The study also provides information and photographs of present-day sites to visit where Adena and Hopewell mounds and artifacts can be viewed.