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Modern Interpretations

To conclude an eight-activity study of the events that occurred in the early colonial period in Deerfield, Massachussetss, class members evaluate the point of view and bias found in late 19th and early 20th century retellings.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups design action figures and paper doll characters that represent a sympathetic, pro-Native American view of the events
Classroom Considerations

  • The final resource in an eight-lesson unit study of the conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers
Pros

  • The lessons are carefully scaffolded so that class members are able to recognize the bias in interpretations of the conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in Deerfield, Massachusetts
Cons

  • None
Included Materials

  • Allen Sisters Interpretation Worksheet
  • Questions about Paper Dolls and Action Figures
  • Student Rubric
  • Colonial Revival
  • Allen Sisters Photograph: War Dance
  • Allen Sisters Photograph: Hostilities
  • Allen Sisters Photograph: Puritans Led off in Captivity
  • Allen Sisters Photograph: The Letter of the Law
  • "Ononko's Vow. A Colonial Tale," list of frame notes
  • "Ononko's Vow" article from The Kinetogram
  • Program Notes to Accompany "Ononko's Vow"
  • "Olde Deerfield Dolls" Paper Doll Collection and accompanying booklets
  • "American Heros: Mohawk Warrior Kidnaps Rev. John Williams"
  • Booklet Accompanying "American Heros" Action Toys
  • Rubric

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