California Missions and Native Americans

What was the true impact on Native American tribes when immigrants began to seize land in Western areas, such as California? Using images created by these migrants, as well as written descriptions, class members consider the various interpretations of life on missions. Included questions help scholars consider the reliability of primary sources in studying history.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the images and guiding questions to consider how paintings and drawings help historians understand the past
Classroom Considerations
  • Directed toward younger learners
  • To use the resource, teachers should create a  free Stanford History Education Group account 
  • None of the documents present the Native American point of view
  • Pairs questions with documents and images, making discussion easy
  • Documents are curated appropriately for pupils
  • Not all the links work, but the documents are on the class worksheet