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What a fascinating topic to explore with your class! This lesson focuses on the contributions of the Navajo people during World War II. Learners read the book Navajo Code Talkers by Andrew Santella, answer a series of comprehension questions about the text, and write a letter as a follow-up activity.
Navajo Code Talkers can be used as a class reading project. If you are thinking of reading this book with your class, you may want to consider using these worksheets. They are designed to help with character analysis, reader response, and prediction. This resource also includes a main idea and details chart. A fantastic resource!
Students discover the contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers. In this 20th century conflict lesson, students watch a video about the contributions of Native Americans to the World Wars I and II as well as Vietnam. Students also use Navajo Code Dictionaries to create and decode their own messages.
Learners research information about Navajo Code Talkers on the internet to explain their significance in World War II. Students access dictionary of words used in the secret code. Learners create messages, using the Navajo words written in a "coded message", that may have been sent during World War II.
Young scholars investigate how the Navajo Indians used codes to communicate in using algebraic concepts like matrices, inverse matrices, and matrix multiplication. They also research how the US used the coded language of the Navajo to fool the Japanese during World War II.
Personal letters give authenticity to a study of the WWII American soldiers' experience. Through primary source analysis, historians examine soldiers' roles and unique contributions by groups like the Tuskegee Airmen. A pre-test is linked in the top image. Young historians read letters written by WWII soldiers and analyze their sacrifice. Like most of the links in this resource, The History Channel link doesn't work (use link below). Consider creating a worksheet for the primary source analysis.
Using primary source documents, young historians explore the strategies the US used to defeat Japan during WWII. They also learn about the American military experience, and innovations that changed the style of warfare. Students benefit from a graphic organizer, lecture, group work, discussion, and writing. Ultimately, individuals must write an essay that incorporates primary source information.
The Navajo Code Talkers played an impressive role during WWII; young cryptologists research this group and practice some decoding skills of their own. Hook kids by playing the clip from National Treasure (about three minutes long), and explain that this isn't a skill only for the movies. As a group, examine the Navajo Code Talkers website, asking scholars to record a few interesting facts as you discuss this group. They discuss numeric patterns, solving a few together and then visiting a website where they see how to make a number grid cipher. Finally, they create their own code and challenge a classmate. The best part? Their code is one of the facts they learned earlier. All online resources are linked.
The feelings and attitudes of African-Americans during World War II are examined by high schoolers. After watching various clips from "The War," they answer comprehension questions for each section. In groups, they create their own Double V campaign to promote equal rights. They end the lesson by comparing the African-American experience to other minorities during the war.
Explore this story involving prejudice and racism to enhance learners' comprehension skills. The story The Jacket by Andrew Clements involves an African American boy who is falsely accused of stealing someone's jacket. This teacher's guide supports use of the journal templates (for literature circles or for individual work) that you can find when you search Lesson Planet resources for "The Jacket: Journal Templates."