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Analyzing Primary Source Documents to Understand U.S. Expansionism and 19th Century U.S.-Indian Relations

This Analyzing Primary Source Documents to Understand U.S. Expansionism and 19th Century U.S.-Indian Relations lesson plan also includes:

Historical events can be viewed from multiple perspectives. This simple truth is brought home in a lesson that examines primary source documents related to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny, and contemporary speeches and songs. High schoolers examine these documents and events from the point of view of their impact on Native Americans. They then research contemporary native cultures and the issues they face.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson during November's Native American Heritage Month or with any study of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, The Louisiana Purchase, Western Expansion, the Doctrine of Discovery, or Manifest Destiny
  • Preview the video of "Hey Ya!" at the 2004 Grammy Awards to decide if appropriate to show to your classes
Classroom Considerations
  • The third of three lessons in the unit; the first is designed for grades 4 and 5, while the second is for grades 6-8
  • Set aside additional prep time to prepare the many materials and copies required for the lesson
  • Have projection equipment with internet and audio available
Pros
  • Underscores the importance of viewing historical events from multiple perspectives
Cons
  • None