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Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the western settlement patterns on American Indians.
This is the second of three lessons in the Eleventh Grade American Indian History Lesson Plan Unit:
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Essential Question 1: How did the non-Indian concept of land ownership and desire for precious metals affect American Indian life and culture throughout the land as the American Indians were pushed west?
Lecture and discussion about sources
Essential Question 2: 1853 Walkara War (Ute). What were the causes of the Walkara War?
Students and teacher read and discuss the War from sites and other information, select characters and create a dialogue. If desired research dress, food, land, etc.
Essential Question 3: 1863 Bear River Massacre (Shoshone). How does perspective affect the way history is written?
Divide class into four groups and give each an account of BRM from different perspectives. Have each group read and discuss their feelings, who was right, and why or was there a right?
Essential Question 4: What were the immediate and lasting results of the Long Walk of the Navajo in 1864?
Teacher-guided questions and research for discussions; guest speaker, preferably a Navajo elder.
Essential Question 5: Could the 1865 Black Hawk War have been avoided or was it inevitable?
Bring in a member of the Northwestern Shoshone Band who is a descendant of survivors of the Bear River Massacre and have them share stories that were passed down from generation to generation in their tribe. Contact the tribal office in Brigham City to request a resource member. 435-734-2286
Show Video followed by Discussion. Assign short article from media below to read.
Essential Question 1: Assessment
Essential Question 2: Assessment
Students take a position and discuss the first encounters between the Pioneers and the American Indian, the events and cultural differences which eventually escalated into war.
Essential Question 3: Assessment
Students in groups will retell this story from four perspectives: Cavalry, American Indian, Non-Indian Culture, and Modern Apologetic.
Essential Question 4: Assessment
Essential Question 5: Assessment
Discussion about the effect of expansion by Mormon pioneers on the Ute, Paiute, Navajo, and others. Based on the video and the article have each student create a fictional story from either the American Indian or settlers perspective. One to two pages.
Utah State Office of Education
Social Studies Enhancement Committee
American Indian History
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