As a result of this activity, students will develop an understanding of major United States history and policy and develop awareness of the impact and integral role American Indians and or\sovereign cultural groups play in United States History.
Consistent with four of five national history standards, students will be able to:
- Think chronologically about historical developments in the United States.
- Demonstrate comprehension of history from multiple perspectives.
- To interpret and analyze a particular period in United States History and discuss its impact on American Indians and/or a particular sovereign cultural group.
- Be able to articulate one or more major historical developments in the United States involving/and or impacting American Indians or a sovereign group in their region or state.
- Students will be able to analyze history from one or more perspectives.
- DVD with Episode on “Tribal Historical Overview”” PBS Indian Pride series.
- Monitor, Computers with Internet access.
- Library access to published reference sources. Optional materials for visual presentation aids.
- Books and References: Copy of Part III, A Summary History of United States Indian Policy, American Indians: Answers to Today’s Questions by Jack Utter, 1993, pp. 241 – 265. National Woodlands Publishing Company. American Indian Tribal Governments by Sharon O’Brien.
Students view the Indian Pride Episode on Tribal Historical Overview, PBS Indian Pride Series.Teacher provides handouts on the major periods of United States History.
Teacher develops and students match vocabulary terms to definitions and apply words to sentences using Vocabulary Practice handout.
Students review the copy of A Summary History of United States Indian Policy. Teacher may invite (if available) Native Instructor to discuss major Indian Policy Periods.
Students choose one period in U.S. History and the history of American Indian policy in the United States and examine cause and effect of US policy as it relates to Indian policy.
Students will work in groups and begin research one period of history.
Students analyze major points of each historical period and develop a Venn diagram of United State and Indian History outline interactions\ or actions having a direct or indirect effect on American Indians.
Students review articles, videos, and other written about a particular period in United States history. Sample articles for review might include: A Society Knit as One: The Puritans, Algonkians, and Roger Williams, http://www.learner.org/courses/amerhistory/pdf/Roger_Williams_LOne.pdf. The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic Co-published with the Huntington Library, Lesson 5. George Washington and the Native Americans. https://www.learner.org/courses/amerhistory/pdf/GWashington_LOne.pdf. Upon completion of research, working as a cooperative group, teams report on their results.
Student recognizes and demonstrates:
- An understanding that past events can inform the present.
- An understanding that regions and states can be defined in cultural and\or political terms
- An understanding of the interactions that occurred between American Indians or other Sovereign groups with the first Europeans and settlers in the state or region.
- Demonstrates an ability to use a variety of written, virtual resources as research Uses critical analysis to make informed judgments about current issues.