Lesson Plans and Worksheets
Browse by Subject
Native American Stories Teacher Resources
Find teacher approved Native American Stories educational resource ideas and activities
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.
Investigate Native American literature and culture by reading the biblical story of creation in Genesis. Afterward, small groups research an assigned tribe, focusing on culture, famous members, literature, and myths. As they research, they must evaluate sources and record information on an evaluation form. After each group creates and presents a PowerPoint on their tribe, individuals write a comparison essay on two Indian myths, or one Indian myth and the biblical creation story.
Eleventh graders examine the background of Native American myths and legends. In this American History lesson, 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).
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.
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.
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.