This lesson discusses the differences between common representations of Native Americans within the U.S. and a more differentiated view of historical and contemporary cultures of five American Indian tribes living in different geographical areas. Students will learn about customs and traditions such as housing, agriculture, and ceremonial dress for the Tlingit, Dinè, Lakota, Muscogee, and Iroquois peoples.
Looking at historic maps of the West, students can begin to appreciate the immensity and mystery of the mission Lewis and Clark accepted.
The lessons in this unit are designed to help your students recognize how people of different cultures and time periods have used cloth-based art forms (quilts) to pass down their traditions and history.
Students compare imagined travel experiences of their own with the actual experiences of 19th-century pioneers.
Learn how slavery shattered family life through the pre-Civil War letters of those whose loved ones were taken away or left behind.
Using the life of Davy Crockett as a model, students learn the characteristics of tall tales and how these stories reflect their historical moment. The lesson culminates with students writing a tall tale of their own.
See how the rhetoric of women’s rights evolved from the “Declaration of Sentiments” of 1848 to the suffragist arguments that finally prevailed.
Work with primary documents and latter-day photographs to recapture the experience of traveling on the Oregon Trail.
Students analyze archival material such as photos, documents, and posters, to understand the phenomenon of the Transcontinental Railroad.