As students watch the video, they complete an interactive notesheet with fill-in-the-blanks, critical thinking questions, a warm-up, a thinking map, and a summary at the end to answer the exploration question. The video and note sheet covers the story and history of the Trail of Tears, the 5 Civilized Tribes, and President Jackson's determination to move Indian nations west. It then covers how the Creek and Chickasaw were the first to experience the tragic journey before the Cherokee debated what to do- leading to the illegitimate New Echota Treaty and how Chief John Ross and other Americans protested against it. Lastly, it covers the harrowing journey that led to the deaths of nearly 25% of the Cherokee people and leaves students to consider the continued legacy of this event.
The video helps visual learners with on-screen text of the main ideas, powerful images, and it reviews the important concepts to ensure comprehension and is definitely engaging for students from 4-8 grade!
After the video, students can complete a quick auto-graded Google Form quiz (a printable PDF is also available) to check for understanding. Then, students complete an extension lesson that has students analyze a map and a historical painting and answer scaffolded questions to build critical thinking skills!
This is perfect for homework or in-class work, for a flipped classroom, and it can serve as the main lesson or a supplemental activity! Teachers can pause as needed or if students have their own devices they can learn at their own pace! And there are answer keys for everything!