Assimilation Lesson Plan

National Standards

All standards are from McREL's compendium of national standards:
http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/index.asp

Understand the impact of territorial expansion on Native American tribes (e.g., the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole removals, the significance of the Trail of Tears, the original lands held by various tribes of the Southeast and those held in the Old Northwest Territory)  (Standard 9, Level 2, 4)

Understand how early state and federal policy influenced various Native American tribes (e.g., survival strategies of Native Americans, environmental differences between Native American homelands and resettlement areas, the Black Hawk War and removal policies in the Old Northwest)  (Standard 9, Level 3, 2)

Understand the shifts in federal and state policy toward Native Americans in the first half of the 19th century (e.g., arguments for and against removal policy, changing policies from assimilation to removal and isolation after 1825) (Standard 9 Level IV, 3I)

Understand influences on economic conditions in various regions of the country (i.e., affects of the federal government's land, water and Indian policy) (Standard 16, IV, 3)

Understand the challenges diverse people encountered in late 19th century American society (Standard 17, Level IV, 4)

Understand the interactions between Native Americans and white society (e.g., the attitudes and policies of government officials, the U.S. Army, missionaries and settlers toward Native Americans; the provision and effects of the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 on tribal identity, land ownership and assimilation; the legacy of the 19th century federal Indian policy; Native Americans responses to increased white settlement, mining activities, and railroad construction) (Stand 19, Level III, 1I)

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