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This is a must-have for any teacher looking to make Indian removal and the Trail of Tears easy to understand and visualize on a map. Students follow along with simple step-by-step directions to create their own detailed maps by the end.


This download comes with a blank map of the Southern United States in both PDF and MS WORD format, AND a 25-slide PowerPoint that guides students in adding relevant information to their maps.


By the end of the lesson, students will have a color-coded map of former territories, trail locations, and new Oklahoma Indian Territories of the Five Civilized Tribes (Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Seminole, Creek). There is also a writing prompt with key terms for students to put on the back of their maps.

Indian Removal Act & Trail of Tears MAP activity: engaging step-by-step lesson

  • Grade Level:


  • Pages:

    25 slides and a printable follow-along map
  • Subject(s):

    History, Native Americans, U.S. History

  • Format(s):

    Zip with PowerPoint, Word, PDF

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