Lesson Plan

Reconstruction Treaties Of 1866: The Reconstruction In Indian Territory

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The Reconstruction Treaties of 1866 and their impact on the Five Tribes in the United States Civil War are the focus of a lesson plan that asks young historians to consider how these treaties affected tribal sovereignty. Class members do a close reading of one of the four treaties and complete a CER chart (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) about their document. To conclude the lesson plan, learners craft a six-word memoir summarizing their understanding of how the treaty impacted tribal sovereignty.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson after a study of the Civil War in Indian Territory
  • To prepare for the lesson, instructors should read the linked articles from the Oklahoma Historical Society
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a projector with internet for the slide show and copies of the four treaties
  • Researchers need devices with internet 
  • Class members should have prior knowledge of the inter-tribal conflicts due to being forced to choose sides during the Civil War
  • Links are provided to explanations of the learning strategies used in the lesson
  • Includes teacher's notes with examples of completed CER statements
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