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Tradition Through Technology: Native American Storytelling
This fabulous resource will help your class identify the parts of a story: subject, place, time, action, and moral. Class members will learn about storyboards and create their own about a Native American legend they researched online. This instructional activity uses a program called HyperStudio to create the final drafts of the storyboards; however, it could be easily adapted to be done without this program.
Native American Creation Stories: Matching
In this creation myths activity, learners match the 15 Native American creation stories or characters listed with the appropriate 15 descriptions.
Native American Storytelling
Eleventh graders examine the background of Native American myths and legends. In this American History lesson plan, 11th graders read a myth out loud to their classmates. Students compare and contrast their myths with other ones. Students create paintings or illustrations that depict the story (use traditional art materials or the computer - PowerPoint, Kid Pix, or any graphic program).
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Earnest Research
Incorporating research and project-based learning while celebrating Native American Heritage Month.
Native American Legends
Eleventh graders create a myth concerning a Native American Legend from North Carolina. Using traditional and internet research methods, 11th graders explore a local Native American myth and compare and contrast it to a myth from another region. Their research concluded with the creation of their own Native American myth.
Native American History
Learners examine how Chief Joseph attempted to challenge stereotypes about Native Americans. In this Native American history lesson, students read "An Indian's Views of Indian Affairs," and then paraphrase the selection. Learners also respond to discussion questions about Indian Removal Policies and life on reservations.
Michigan Native American Thematic Unit
Fourth graders become immersed in the culture of the Native Americans. They use centers in order to experiment making different Indian crafts. Students also investigate the origin of my name and see if their is a possibility.
Introduction to Mythology and Creation Stories
Students examine stories from different cultures and investigate common themes that arise in all creation stories. Expanding upon this lesson, students begin a portfolio on myths that they will add to throughout this unit. Greek and Roman mythology, as well as Native American stories, are studied.
Myth, Legend and Folklore
Students examine the role of myths and folklore in the Native American culture. They listen to examples of oral history and write their own. They share their story with the class.
Students complete a unit on the history of Native Americans. They explore various websites, draw pictures of Native American homes, create a poster highlighting a period in Native American history, and construct a replica of a Native American flag for display.
Native American Folktales
Students research Native American groups and compile information into a web/chart with various categories. They read and summarize folktales from their assigned group and then present their research to the class. They compare their group to others.
Native American Indian Tribes Encountered by the Corps of Discovery
Upper elementary learners research the various Native American nations encountered during the Lewis and Clark Expedition. They work in groups researching Native American communities, prepare a slide show demonstrating various aspects of their lives, and give an oral presentation to share what they discovered.
Writing Native American Style
Third graders listen to a read aloud of Tomie de Paolo's, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush and discuss what they discover about Native American culture. They view Native American pictographs at a website before designing their own autobiographies using symbols. They illustrate and share their stories.
Tribes and Colonists
Native American culture and lifestyle in colonial America are the backdrop for these tasks aimed at improving writing and research skills. Young researchers use graphic organizers, journals, creative writing through story telling, illustrations, and literature response to complete daily expectations.
Lesson: Factors in a Successful College Experience
What obstacles face Navajo teens living on reservations? Let the stories do the teaching as scholars watch clips and read articles about the Native American youth experience. There are several clips provided, which you can easily access on the website. The article links don't work; find the resources online by simply searching the title. As learners watch the clips, encourage note-taking to help them complete a triple Venn Diagram comparing and constrasting student experiences. They examine statistics and analyze one article. Pupils propose a solution, relating it to the first-person accounts they heard. There are great extension ideas to deepen research and sensory experiences.
Sharing Stories; Discovering Cultures Lesson 4: Stories of Heroes
Tenth graders brainstorm heroic characters that have been portrayed in film and television, examine characteristics that different cultures ascribe to heroes, distinguish between real-life and fantasy heroes, research heroic character from myth of any culture, and create mind-map to display and present information.
Seven directions: Making connections between literature and American Indian history
Stereotype or archetype? Myth or fact? Middle schoolers apply critical thinking skills to assess the validity of the images and story details in picture books portraying Native American history. The study begins with an examination of Susan Jeffers’ Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, listed as a book to avoid by the Oyate website. The plan details how to direct readers’ attention to the messages sent by illustrations and how to check the facts of a story. As a contrast, class members are introduced to Joseph Bruchac’s Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places and create their own compass rose.
Children of Clay
Fourth graders identify and interpret the Pueblo Native American culture and history and comprehend their folklore and songs. They also create their own piece of pottery with clay and write a myth about the piece of pottery they made. The myth they create should explain why the need for this particular piece existed.
Native American and Greek Myths
Fifth graders identify seven different constellations and explain a myth that accompanies it. As a class, they listen to myths associated with the Greek and Native American cultures. To end the lesson, they write their own myth related to their culture.
Native Americans During the 19th and 20th Centuries
Students explore major events in Native American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In this American history lesson, students listen to lectures, examine photographs, and analyze music regarding Native American history and culture. Students research selected Native American topics and write a poem or new report of their research findings.