1) The teacher will begin the lesson by having the students give any information they know about the state of Tennessee. This information can include major cities, industries, tourist attractions, or anything else they may seem relevant. These facts can be listed on the board and briefly discussed.
2) The teacher will then assign the students a brief reading assignment from the Tennessee History Web Page. This may be printed if computer access for the whole class is not available. The students will also complete the brief Tennessee History Worksheet that is included in this lesson.
3) The students will be asked to browse the Tennessee Tourism Website tennesseebeautiful.com listed below. This site lists and describes various tourist locations in Tennessee. The students will be placed in pairs or small groups and asked to create a poster-sized advertisement for one specific tourist location in Tennessee. The directions and a scoring rubric are included with this lesson plan.
Having the students investigate other US states using the same process could extend this lesson. US states all have tourism sites that will aid in these investigations.
Carpenter, William. The History of Tennessee. University of Michigan Libraries, 2011.
Tennessee State History
Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the U.S.
Credits: This lesson was developed by Robert McClelland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.