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The Trail of Tears

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1838 - Trail of Tears


  1. Research the "Trail of Tears" taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character involved in "The Trail of Tears," use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries.
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how and why the "Trail of Tears" situation came about
    • contains information of what happened during the "Trail of Tears"
    • uses supporting details to explain how the "Trail of Tears" affected the growth history of the United States!
  4. Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the Trail of Tears.

Online resources:
  1. Cherokee/NC and Georgians
  1. Stein, R. Conrad. Trail of Tears
  2. Bealer, Alex. Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
  3. Hoag, Stan. Night of the Cruel Moon
  4. Corneissen, Cornelia. Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
  5. Hoobler, Dorothy. The Trail on Which They Wept

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