Assimilation of Native Americans Indian Boarding Schools STATIONS
  • Michelle McDonald

Assimilation of Native Americans Indian Boarding Schools STATIONS



Through these primary source analysis stations, your students will gain an understanding of the assimilation of Native Americans in the United States following the Civil War, due to the use of Indian boarding schools.


Through readings, photographs, and interviews, your students will analyze primary sources to learn the laws and history surrounding the schools in the United States, as well understand the negative impact these government instituted school experiences had on Native American children and their families.


This resource includes/covers the following:

- Introductory Reading Passage (build background knowledge and context)

- The Carlisle Indian Industrial School

- General Richard Harry Pratt

- Quick Assimilation

- Ethnocentrism

- Boarding School Life

- Interviews from former residential school students

- The Meriam Report of 1928

- Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978



I understand how busy teachers are with so many things to juggle. With that in mind, this resource is LOW PREP! All of the student analysis pages are included in a student booklet. Just print and staple! Station materials are super easy to implement. Just print and trim (optional). Station labels are included (just fold into a tent).




What’s included:

- Student Analysis Booklet (just print and staple!)

- Introductory Reading Passage (build context; included in student booklet)

- Wrap Up and Reflection Questions (included in student booklet)

- Station Materials (5 Stations; just print and trim!)

- Station Labels (folds into tent)

- Teacher Tips



Please Note: The term "Indian" is used only in reference to the boarding schools, as this was the title used to define these government instituted schools. All other references use the terms "Native people" or "Native Americans."


What Educators Saying:

This resource is just excellent! My students were very interested in this and really engaged! Thank you! -Erin B.


Awesome and engaging lesson. I used this with my U.S. History classes which has a mix of students who are ESL 4 and ESL 5. It was a perfect level of challenging for them. Loved how this focused on vocabulary words also. Thank you!!! -Mary W.


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