Theme Project: It is 1770 and you have moved to the land that will become Indiana. Write a series of letters describing changes that you might have seen over the next 50 years. Illustrate your letters with maps or drawings.


1. Who Are You? Think about who you are as you write your letters. Fill in the lines below with information about your letter-writing character.

My name is:______________________________________________

I moved to Indiana from:______________________________________________

I moved to Indiana because:______________________________________________

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I will write my letters to:______________________________________________

2. Tracking Changes As you work through the unit, keep track of what you learn about Indiana history between 1770 and 1820. Make notes in each section below. Think about how the changes you list affect your daily life. How do you feel about certain events? What do you want to tell your relative or friend about these changes and your life in your new home?

The American Revolution

Changes in Society:
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Political Changes:
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How I Was Affected by These Changes:
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The Northwest Ordinance

Changes in Society:
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Political Changes:
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How I Was Affected by These Changes:
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Indiana Statehood

Changes in Society:
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Political Changes:
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How I Was Affected by These Changes:
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3. Write the Letters Using your notes, write at least one letter for telling about each period in Indiana history from 1770 to 1820. In your letters, describe in detail the changes that have occurred and how your life was affected or not. You may also want to write about any historical figures you meet or events you witnessed or took part in.

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4. Create Illustrations Make drawings or maps to go with each of your letters. Your illustrations should show changes in Indiana or in your life, such as a new home, a map showing new borders, or an historic event.

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5. Send Your Letters Give copies of your letters and illustrations to your classmates, friends, or family. You may want to read your letters aloud as part of a class presentation.