For Teachers

Uncover the Stories along the Trail of Tears

A dark time in our country's past, the Trail of Tears coincided with the efforts to relocate eastern tribes to lands west of the Mississippi River. The materials provided below can connect classrooms with the hardships and heartbreak experienced during relocation.

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Teaching about the Trail of Tears

A lesson plan is available for educators and students through the National Park Service's "Teaching with Historic Places" program. The plan focuses on the John Ross House and Chieftains, the home of Major Ridge, both being national historic landmarks in Georgia.


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The Trail through Kentucky

Kentucky Educational Television offers educational essays, videos, and lesson plans connecting the national park sites in the state. (External site)

Last updated: April 26, 2016

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Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
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