This is a writing activity that asks students to write a diary entry from the point of view of an Indian who has been forced to leave his homeland and travel on the trail of tears. Students are asked to include how they feel about being forced to change their way of life and how difficult it is to adapt to a new lifestyle. This would be a great writing activity to pair with a piece of expository text on the trail of tears or with a lesson from your social studies book!
I am always amazed at how my students are able to put themselves in the shoes through the factual information they learn through my Social Studies lessons.
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