Lesson Plan

Worcester v. Georgia: Cherokee Sovereignty and Actions of the U.S. Government

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Young historians study the Supreme Court case "Worcester v. Georgia"  and note instances where the Justices defended the sovereign rights of the Cherokee. They also examine the actions of President Andrew Jackson and the provisions of the Indian Removal Act that violated Cherokee rights. After a whole class discussion, individuals craft a summary of what they learned about how Worcester V. Georgia affected Cherokee Sovereignty.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge and post maps that show Cherokee lands before and after the Indian Removal Act
Classroom Considerations
  • A projection device with internet required for the slide show and video
  • Links are provided to descriptions of the various learning strategies used in the lesson
  • Teacher's notes provided additional scaffolding for the lesson
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