Trail of Tears Writing Activities: Word Splash and RAFT (letter)
This activity is designed to be used as a homework assignment or in class assignment. It would be used after direct instruction on the Indian Removal Act/Trail of Tears. Or you could have the students complete some research and then complete the assignment.
There are 19 words in the word splash. There are 2 versions of the assignment.
1. Asks students to answer summarize the Trail of Tears using a minimum number of the target words.
2. Asks students to write a letter to Andrew Jackson stating the reasons they are opposed to the Indian Removal Act. This is in a RAFT format: Role, Audience, Format, Topic
You can easily add, change, or alter the words if you need to. For my struggling learners, I often limit the number of words they need to use. You also could give the students the choice of assignments.
Assignment also asks students to have someone else proofread and make changes.
There is a also a rubric attached to help make grading easier.