• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides

This program can be either Ranger Instructed or Teacher Instructed

Discovering Fort Smith - Grades 5-12

Students working in groups using the exhibits students will research and present their finding about in the historic jails, Us Deputy Marshals, Judge Isaac C. Parker and his courtroom, and events that shaped in Fort Smith.

This program was developed using Common Core standards and has been tested and approved by students and teachers.

Lesson Plan for Discovering Fort Smith 5th - 12th grades.

Discovering Fort Smith 5th & 6th grades Answer Sheet 5th & 6th

Discovering Fort Smith 7th - 12th grades Answer Sheet 7th -12th

If you have a small class or you do not want the class to work in groups you have two options. Send the students on a Solo Expedition (grades 5 - 12) or use the talking points. Answers for Solo Expedition.

Background information packet for use with instructor led programs.

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Did You Know?

Portrait of Anna Dawes

A woman was responsible for the building of a modern federal jail at Fort Smith, AR, in 1888. Anna Dawes, daughter of Sen. Dawes of MA, visited the "Hell on the Border" jail in 1885 and wrote an article describing its conditions. When read in Congress, money was quickly approved for a new jail.