WERE THE NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE PLAINS SAVAGES?: Lesson Outline
Investigative history: building a case to support and oppose an argument before reaching a conclusion.
To use and evaluate sources
Evaluation to include: who produced it? (position to know)
when was it produced? (contemporary* or later)
why was it produced? (purpose of the source)
Starter: If you had been an emigrant in the 1840s what impression would you have had of the native Americans of the Plains?
Sources which might be used to show they were savages, or that they were not savages
Which of the sources are useful?
How reliable are those you have selected?
Activity. Using the Evidence:
Gathering evidence to support a case, for and against.
Each source to be evaluated, too
Arguing a case, for or against
Reaching a conclusion: Say what you think and support your ideas by giving the main points why you reached this conclusion.
If a source is not reliable can we still use it?
Discuss results of the activity: Reach a decision. Discuss the use of sources
Using a writing frame to produce a written answer to the question. A markscheme with levels of response is provided
* You may wish include the primary and secondary distinction here, but it is something which I personally do not consider to be of sufficient importance to include. This is because in itself it does not help to evaluate a source, and it is therefore a digression and one which is conceptually very difficult. I consider that it is much more important to pose the above questions, ie Who? When? Why?