Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island: Lesson Plan 3

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Should researchers be able to excavate, examine, and remove Native American artifacts from historic sites? Should companies be permitted to build on sacred Native American land? After watching West of the West's documentary, The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, and reading OPED pieces about the controversies surrounding the the removal of artifacts from San Nicolas Island and the building of the Dakota Access pipeline, middle schoolers craft an OPED piece in which they present their stance on the questions.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide scaffolding for the assignment by asking class members to identify arguments for and against the question and post these ideas
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity presumes writers have experience crafting opinion articles and have studied persuasive techniques
Pros

  • The 11-page packet includes the plan, the writing prompt, and the referenced articles
Cons

  • The resource mis-identifies the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island as a member of the Pechanga tribe
  • Beware the spelling (Nicholas Island for Nicolas Island) typos, and grammar errors in the resource, articles, and writing prompt