Students will examine and analyze photographs of, poems by, and documents about American Indians experiences as European Americans migrated across the United States. They will use the knowledge gained through their analysis to write their own songs, poems, and letters. While the unit is intended to take three class periods, it is possible to complete the material in a shorter time frame. For example, you can set up three document centers around the classroom. After being introduced to the necessary analytical skills, the students can be split into three groups and sent to a document center to complete the activities there, switching to a new document center after a designated period of time. This will shorten the three-day unit to two days.
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