Middle School Social Studies Lesson Plan
By Abby Markley, middle school English and Social Studies teacher, University of Wyoming Lab School and Margo Berendsen, cartographer, Geographic Information Science Center, UW
Editor’s note: Special thanks to Wyoming Humanities for support that made development of this plan possible.
Time: (3, 60 minute class periods)
Lesson Overview: The lesson will include interactive maps and jigsaw collaborative activities that will explore the timeline and themes developed by the Two Nations, One Reservation guide for students as well as a collection of primary sources from Wyoming Humanities. For the jigsaw, students will work in small groups to use these resources to become experts on one of the identified themes in the Two Nations, One Reservation guide: Written versus oral; Climate of fear and violence; Horses and guns; Assigned lands; Chasing gold and building railroads; and Broken treaties. Then, they will share and synthesize information with their classmates to answer the lesson’s essential question.
Essential Question: How was Native American culture transformed by contact with Europeans, and what impact did these transformations have on the Native Americans?
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