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The Michigan History Center defines the Statehood Era from 1787 with the creation of the Northwest Territory via the Northwest Ordinance to 1840 after the achievement of Michigan’s statehood. The people of Michigan navigated, negotiated and generated rapid change during this time. Different visions for Michigan raised big and sometimes contentious questions about freedom, citizenship and resources.

Teaching through Inquiry

Stories and activities about Michigan’s Statehood Era can be used as stand-alone classroom material or as part of a larger unit. If you want to combine materials in this subject together, the Michigan History Center offers a blueprint for using the C3 framework as outlined in the Michigan Social Studies Standards.

The framework poses a compelling primary question for the subject area, and breaks that compelling question down by asking supporting questions. The stories and activities outlined in these supporting questions give students the opportunity to ask their own questions and explore content offering a deeper understanding of the time period and its people.

The framework for third and fourth grades is available now, and staff at the Michigan History Center will continue preparing frameworks for a variety of grade levels.

A Compelling Question

How did Michigan’s people create and cope with change during the Statehood Era?

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