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The Statehood Era as defined by staff at the Michigan History Center stretches from 1787 with the creation of the Northwest Territory via the Northwest Ordinance, to 1837 with the achievement of Michigan’s statehood. The people who lived in and came to Michigan, navigated, negotiated and generated rapid change in this time. There were different visions for what Michigan was and would become that raised unsettled questions about freedom, citizenship, and land.

Teaching through Inquiry

Stories and activities in this subject can be use as free-standing material or within a larger structure. If you want to scaffold material in this subject together, staff at the Michigan History Center offers you a blueprint using an inquiry method framework.

The framework poses a compelling question for the subject area. This question is complex. The framework breaks down this complex question by asking several supporting questions. The stories and activities outlined in these supporting questions give students the opportunity to ask questions and dissect the content.

Staff at the Michigan History Center will prepare frameworks for a variety of grade levels over time.  Currently, the framework for third and fourth grades is available.

Third and Fourth Grade Inquiry

The Statehood era was a time of rapid change for Michigan. Students will explore how this change was navigated, negotiated, and generated by Anishinaabe people and White and African-American settlers. By engaging in the activities, students can demonstrate how these rapid changes raised unsettled questions about the meanings of freedom and citizenship for Michigan’s future.

A Compelling Question

How did people who live in and came to Michigan impact change in Michigan during the statehood era?

You can dig deeper into this question by investigating these stories series of supporting questions.