Lesson plans: Trail of Tears Lesson Plan 2016

Objective: To determine the kinds of environments Native Americans on the Trail of Tears encountered in Arkansas.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Home on the Arkansas Range Lesson Plan 2016

Students will use primary and secondary sources to learn why and how Arkansas was settled (including the Louisiana Purchase, Trail of Tears, Land Runs, and Homestead Act of 1862) and what life was like for pioneers.

Creator: Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Grades: K-4 Elementary School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Arkansas Statehood Lesson Plan

This lesson explores the process of Arkansas Territory becoming a state, through the use of primary and secondary sources. Students will read newspaper articles and pamphlet excerpts to understand the political issues surrounding Arkansas becoming a state in 1836. A list of various activities related to original primary and secondary resources allows teachers the flexibility to choose parts of this lesson plan to use and adapt as needed.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Location: Pulaski County

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Arkansas Settlement Lesson Plan

This unit explores the factors contributing to the settlement of Arkansas and surrounding regions. Students will engage with economic, social, and political history, as well as geographical considerations within the exploration of settlement of early American territories and the state of Arkansas.

Creator: Arkansas State Archives

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Cold Case?: A Homicide in 1841 Arkansas

The lesson plan utilizes Surprised by Death by George Lankford, published in 2009 by Butler Center Books and distributed by the University of Arkansas Press. Students will not only study the territorial era of Arkansas but they will review the literature written during the time by an Arkansan who is a major character in Surprised by Death, a novel based on a true story. Students may also study the American literature author Washington Irving, whose book, A Tour on the Prairies, features one of the characters in Lankford’s book.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 9-12 High School

Geographic: Ozark Mountains (plateau)

Location: Independence County

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Arkansas poetry connection

Students will understand the contributions of poetry to Arkansas’ culture as well as the impact of Arkansas’ characteristics on their poetic voice.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Minding your P’s and Q’s

Students will examine various documents from the 1800’s to investigate the changes in writing methods and materials and to better understand the difficulties historians face when using primary sources.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plans: Life in Arkansas territory

At the conclusion of the lesson, students will compare and contrast life in the territory to present time.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plan: 1818 Arkansas journals

Students will develop an understanding of continuity and change over time in Arkansas using a primary resource, Schoolcraft’s “Ozark Journal”, as an example to help them create journals about early 19th century exploration of their own county or the state of Arkansas as a whole.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School; 9-12 High School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood 1803-1860

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Lesson plan: The museum of gray sky

Students will research the role of Cherokee history in Arkansas through resource documents beginning with Dwight Mission School (1820’s) through the Stan Watie Cherokee regiments of the Civil War (1860s). Students will access information using keywords.

Creator: Butler Center

Grades: 5-8 Middle School

Time period: Louisiana Purchase Through Early Statehood; Civil War Through the Gilded Age 1861-1900; Early 20th Century (Great Depression) (gr 9-12)

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