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FC: American Southeast


7 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 5th Grade

Weeks: 2

Pages: 98

Standards: 5.1 - 5.8, 5.13, 5.13a, 5.113b, 5.113c

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC533


Mississippian cultures flourished in what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States from approximately 800 CE to 1500 CE. After adopting maize agriculture the Mississippian culture became fully agrarian, as opposed to the preceding Woodland cultures that supplemented hunting and gathering with limited horticulture. Mississippian peoples often built platform mounds. They refined their ceramic techniques and often used ground mussel shells as a tempering agent. 

Many were involved with the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, a multi-regional and multi-linguistic religious and trade network that marked the southeastern part of the Mississippian Ideological Interaction Sphere. Information about Southeastern Ceremonial Complex primarily comes from archaeology and the study of the elaborate artworks left behind by its participants, including elaborate pottery, conch shell gorgets and cups, stone statuary, and Long-nosed god maskettes. 

By the time of European contact, the Mississippian societies were already experiencing severe social stress. Some major centers had already been abandoned. With social upsets and diseases unknowingly introduced by Europeans, many of the societies collapsed and ceased to practice a Mississippian lifestyle, with an exception being the Natchez people of Mississippi and Louisiana. Other tribes descended from Mississippian cultures include the Alabama, Biloxi, Caddo, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, Tunica, and many other southeastern peoples.

7 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned with the new LDOE field test
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 5.13 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Indigenous civilizations of the Americas.
  • 5.13a Identify and locate the geographic features of the Americas, including the Andes Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, Great Plains, Pacific Ocean Mountains, Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountains, Atlantic Ocean, Mississippi River, Amazon River, South America, Caribbean Sea, North America, Yucatan Peninsula, and the Central Mexican Plateau.
  • 5.13b Explain the effects of geographic features on Indigenous North American cultures (Northeast, Southeast, and Plains), including clothing, housing, and agriculture.
  • 5.13c Describe the existence of diverse networks of Indigenous North American cultures, including varied languages, customs, and economic and political structures.

Framing Question

How did the Mound Builders and their descendants adapt to their environment?

Supporting Questions

  1. Who were the Mound Builders and how did an abundance of food allow them to trade?
  2. What cultures descended from the Mound Builders and how are they unique?




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