Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Reservations, and supports the standard of analyzing the evolving relationship between state and tribal governments. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image from the movie (timestamp 5:41):

Ask students:

  • Who do you think might have created this sign?
  • What does it make you think?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the four Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a video diary of someone during the Trail of Tears. Describe what is happening and how it feels.  
  • Make-a-Map: Make a timeline that sequences the major treaties between the US and Native American nations. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum exhibit with artifacts that represent the impact of specific treaties on Native American nations. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about reservations. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why did Native Americans agree to treaties with the U.S.?  
  • Do you think these treaties were fair? Why or why not? 
  • How are the governments of Native American nations and the U.S. government similar? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Reservations Quiz. 

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Dig deeper into Native American experiences with additional BrainPOP topics, such as Native American Traditions, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, Tecumseh, and Trail of Tears

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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