Unit 4, Lesson 3: Georgia and the Westward Expansion, Indian Removal from Georgia

SS8H4 Explain significant factors that affected westward expansion in Georgia between 1789 and 1840.

  • d. Describe the role of William McIntosh in the removal of the Creek from Georgia.
  • e. Analyze how key people (John Ross, John Marshall, and Andrew Jackson) and events (Dahlonega Gold Rush and Worcester v. Georgia) led to the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia known as the Trail of Tears.

Use the following PowerPoint study presentation to complete your  5ws+1H graphic organizer on Unit 4, Lesson 3: Indian Removal from Georgia

Skeleton Notes – Unit 3 Lesson 5 – Indian Removal Answer Key! – Copy-1qy9a4g

Family Stories from the Trail of Tears

Personal accounts of Trail of Tears:

  1. Click on your assigned link (Your Group).

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      2. Read two accounts of Family Stories from the Trail of Tears.

      3. Answer the following questions for each account.

  1. Who did you read about?
  2. Describe their experience. (What did they see/hear?)
  3. How did they feel? How did it impact them?
  4. Based on what you read, discuss with your partner/ group how you would react/feel/respond if you were forced to move from your home walk the Trail of Tears.

Practice the Key Vocabulary

SS8H1 Flashcards | Quizlet


SS8H2: Colonial Georgia Flashcards | Quizlet


SS8H3-American Revolution Flashcards | Quizlet


SS8H4-Western Expansion & the Removal of Native Americans – Quizlet


Unit 4: Georgia and Westward Expansion – Land Policies Webquest


  1. You will be visiting different websites in order to research questions given below.
  2. Record your answers on the worksheet provided to you in the class or you may print it by clicking on the link below.

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Part 1: Headright System


  1. What was the purpose of the Georgia Headright System?
  2. Who had rights to this land and how much could they receive?
  3. Why was the headright system implemented?
  4. Timeline:
    Who was allowed to give land in 1777?
  5. What is changed to this system in 1780?
  6. What is marked in 1783?
  7. How do they establish order in 1785?
  8. Who does Georgia agree to sell land to in December of 1789?
  9. What happened on January 7, 1795?
  10. February 18, 1796?
  11. February 21, 1796?
  12. May 11, 1803?

Part 2: The Yazoo Land Fraud

Answer the following questions using the link(s) provided:


  1. What were the names of the Yazoo land companies?


  1. How far west did Georgia’s boundaries extend in 1795?
  2. What was the reasoning behind wanting to move the Native Americans from this western area?
  3. How did the land companies manage to buy land at such cheap prices?
  4. Describe how the land companies were able to make huge profits off the land?
  5. How did many Georgians react when they discovered the fraud?
  6. Describe the actions in 1796.
  7. How did the event end up in the United States Supreme Court?
  8. How did the scandal finally end?

Part 3: Land Lotteries


  1. Prior to the American Revolution, what group held political and economic power in the South?
  2. How did the role of political and economic power change after the Revolution?
  3. What was the source of the land that was distributed in the land lotteries?
  4. Who was eligible to receive land? How much did they pay for the land?
  5. Describe how the lottery worked.
  6. What gave participants more opportunities to be selected to receive land?
  7. What is the Compact of 1802?
  8. How did the use frontier land change after the land lotteries? Why?
  9. How did the land lottery change the role of the common man?

Unit 4: Georgia and the Westward Expansion

Unit 4, Lesson 2: Land Policies

SS8H4: The student will explain significant factors that affected westward expansion of Georgia between 1789 and 1840.

  • Element b. Evaluate the impact of land policies pursued by Georgia; include the headright system, land lotteries, and the Yazoo Land Fraud.

Use the following PowerPoint study presentation to complete your  5ws+1H graphic organizer on Unit 4, Lesson 2: Land Policies

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Georgia Studies: Unit 4 – Georgia and Westward Expansion

Unit 4, Lesson 1: Westward Expansion

SS8H4: The student will explain significant factors that affected westward expansion of Georgia between 1789 and 1840.

  • Element a. Explain reasons for establishment of the University of Georgia, and for the westward movement of Georgia’s capitals.

Use the following PowerPoint study presentation to complete your  5ws+1H graphic organizer on Unit 4, Lesson 1: Westward Expansion

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 4 Lesson 1 – Westward Expansion-17f065h

Griffin Middle School Foundation


The Griffin Foundation is a non-profit organization formed for the sole purpose of raising funds beyond those currently provided by the Cobb County School District to fund elements of education such as technology enhancements, supplemental enriched curriculum, student services, additional faculty and capital improvements.


  • Awarded over $30,000 in Teacher Grants, providing additional resources and tools in the classrooms, including this past year: iPads & Kindles, Media Cart & books in Learning Commons, tuners and metronomes for Band & Orchestra
  • Repainting/refurbishing of the theater; printers for all computer labs
  • Headphones for all computers; picnic tables in the Memorial Garden
  • Created an annual Legacy Award for two students who have achieved personal growth through perseverance


  • Outdoor Learning: a GMS Nature Trail, and refurbishing of Outdoor Classroom
  • Annual Teacher/Classroom Grant program
    • Continue technology expansion: classroom sets of laptops with cart


  • Capital Campaign: Give 2 Griffin (Fall)
  • Haunted House (October)
  • Student Lock – In (Winter)


  • Donate to the campaign
  • Volunteer to help with any of our events
  • Sponsorship from your business
  • Contact Kim Trumble at  [email protected] for more information

If you would like to make a contribution to the Griffin Foundation, please click the yellow DONATE (Pay Pal) button on our GMS homepage: www.cobbk12.org/griffin/

Welcome ‘Wildcats’ !

Welcome to the academic year 2017-2018…

About Your Teacher, Ms. Kaur…

  • Currently teaching 8th grade ESL-ELA and 8th grade ESL-Georgia Studies.
  • 18th year of teaching here at Griffin Middle School.
  • Graduate of University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.
  • Originally from India.

About Our Classes…

  • Standards based ELA and Georgia Studies classes.
  • Introduces, supplements and reinforces the content as well as reading and writing skills through whole group/ small group/ one-on-one instruction, lexiled paperback/ audio books, and computer softwares.
  • Performance based ‘fun projects’ that enhance learning.

Our Goals…

  • Cultivate love of reading and writing.
  • Pass  ELA and Georgia Studies Milestones.
  • Score a ‘5 on Level B/ C’ ACCESS.

Feel Free to Contact Your Teacher…

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Looking forward to a year of successful learning. So, let’s strive to make learning a truly fun-filled experience!