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The West in Brochures

Jillian Eriksson
Lee County School District

Description

The students compare and contrast the daily life of Native Americans to The American Cowboy in the 1800's.

Objectives

The student knows the human and physical characteristics of different places in the world and how these characteristics change over time.

Materials

-Two pieces of copy paper per student
-Colored Pencils
-American History textbook
-Overhead projector
-KWL chart transperancy copied from file
-KWL chart handouts (two per student)

Preparations

1.Have two brochures done already but leave out the information.
2.Have extra copy paper for the brochures.
3.Have color pencils available.
4.Know the location of the material in the book so you can direct them, when needed.
5. Have class copies of each KWL chart.
6.Have two transparencies of the KWL charts.

Procedures

1. Introduce the lesson by having your students brainstorm things the Native Americans and Cowboys had in common. The list will be very broad and short.

2. Have students take two pieces of paper, landscape, and fold them into three equal sections. They will look like a brochure.

3. Label the one -The American Cowboy of the 1800's- and the other, -Native Americans of the 1800's.-

4. Give the students five minutes to draw a picture or symbols to decorate the cover of each brochure.

5. Handout the KWL chart labeled The American Cowboy and have students fill in the first and second column.

6. Open the cowboy brochure and have students write two headings on each column: Mexican Influence, Cattle Industry, Life on the Cattle Drive, Dangers of the Drive, End of the Drive:Payday, Life of the Cowboy, Effect of the invention of barbed wire on the Cowboy.

7. Have students go back to the KWL chart and fill in column three.

8. Put a blank KWL chart on the overhead and fill it in from the student responses. The students can compare their answers and fill in any missing information on their charts.

9. Hand out the KWL chart labeled -Native Americans in the 1800's- and have them fill in the first two columns.

10. Open the Native American brochure and have the students write two headings on each column: Family Life, Reliance on Horses, The Buffalo, Warfare, Spiritual Life, Result of Assimilation/Dawes Act

11. Using their books, have the students look up information that will fit into each column of each brochure--usually three to four sentences for each heading.

12. Have students go back to their Native American KWL chart and fill in column three.

12. Put a blank KWL chart on the overhead and fill it in from the students responses. The students can compare their answers and fill in missing information on their charts.

Assessments

--Assessment will be given according to how complete the student gathered information about each heading on the brochures.
--Each brochure is worth twenty points: Three points for each heading and two points for the front cover of the brochure.
--KWL Charts are not assessed for a grade but used as student notes. Give two points for each listing on the KWL Chart.

Attached Files

Two KWL Outline Charts.     File Extension: pdf

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