Lesson Plan

The Importance of Indigenous Language Revitalization

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Middle schoolers consider languages as representations of cultures and the importance of preserving various languages, especially the rapidly disappearing languages of indigenous peoples, in a instructional activity that tells the story of Marie Wilcox and her work to preserve the Wukchumni language. Young scholars watch a video about the dictionary Ms. Wilcox has created of the Wukchumni language and her family's work of teaching the language to other members of their tribe.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Pause the film frequently to permit viewers to take notes and ask questions
  • Ask each class member to contribute an entry for a class dictionary that includes the word, its meaning, and a sentence that uses the word
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires projection equipment for the video
  • Groups need access to devices with internet to view their assigned film
  • The 13-page packet includes additional background information for instructors, activities, and discussion questions
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