Engage your students with this lesson about an important event in American history. Give students the opportunity to read first hand accounts from participants on the Trail of Tears. Students will learn the background of events that culminated into the relocation of thousands of people. Timeline, activity cards, paragraph writing, research opportunities, collaborations, word search, anticipation guide, quizzes, and rubrics are included in a PDF and a PowerPoint for teaching. Teach the past and learn from our mistakes. Give students the chance to discuss if or how this chain of events could have been avoided in that time period.