This unit contains an article that discusses the migration of the early humans across the Bering Strait, transitioning into separate tribes as these people moved across the North American continent. It describes the Native American history and the interaction between the first European settlers and the Native Americans in Jamestown, Virginia. This article details the Indian Removal Act and process, exploring the reasons behind the decision and the consequences of such a decision. The article ends by discussing the modern and current reality of many Native Americans and their drive to become more self-sufficient.
The informational text article comes with close reading Comprehension Questions to infer and summarize the article and includes two different vocabulary activities for ESL and ELA students to connect higher level vocabulary words with synonyms that connect to their foundation knowledge.
As a way to increase writing proficiency, students are given a worksheet detailing two prompts from opposite perspectives- that of a Native American forced to leave his/her home to march to Oklahoma, and from an Army officer who was given orders to march the Indians to their new home. These two different perspectives provide an excellent way to incorporate standards for Narrative writing and increasing cross-curricular inclusion units.
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