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Read Kansas! Middle School - M-08 Impact of Indian Removal

This middle school lesson focuses on the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and its impact on eastern tribes that were forced to relocate to Kansas. The lesson uses five primary source documents to analyze the impact of relocation on the Indians. The students are asked to interpret the evidence presented in historical letters. The lesson is written for three class sessions but can be adjusted to meet individual classroom needs. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

M-8 Cost of Moving Shawnee Indians M-8 Evidence #2  Letter from Captain Nahkowan
M-8 Government not providing promised tools M-8 Evidence #4 Letter from Jotham Meeker
M-8 Evidence #5 Letter from Amelia J. Labedia  

Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #3: Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.

  • 3.1: The student will recognize and evaluate significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas of the many diverse peoples and groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RH.6-8.1 The student cites specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
  • RH.6-8.2 The student determines the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provides an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  • W.6-7.1 (a-e):  The student writes arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.