Middle School Unit 2 US History

Slavery, Expansion, and Removal: Jackson, Marshall, and Indian Removal

Historical Era

1801 - 1850: Indian Removal

STI Unit Overview

Level 1

This is a newsletter about the decisions made by John Marshall and the Supreme Court regarding the United States' effort to remove the Cherokee and other tribes from their lands. There are student comprehension questions following the newsletter.

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Level 2

Asks students to use primary sources to research how Cherokee removal was debated and discussed by the US Legislature, Cherokee Tribe, and other citizens. A webquest is also provided, allowing students to engage in similar activities online.

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Level 3

This activity builds on the level two activity. Students are asked to use the Checks and Balances CBA to evaluate whether the removal of Cherokees from their land was an unconstitutional use of power by any branch of the US government.

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STI Essential Questions

  1. What were the political, economic, and cultural forces that led to the treaties?
  2. What are the ways in which tribes responded to the threats and outside pressure to extinguish their cultures and independence?

Standards for Social Studies, English Language Arts, Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Social Emotional Learning

OSPI-Developed Assessments for Social Studies

Unit Developed By

Jerry Price