Unit Plan

Unit 8: Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac Teacher Guide

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Joseph Bruchac's Code Talker tells the remarkable story of Navajo Marines' role in battles of the Pacific Theater during World War II. As scholars read the novel, they also engage in activities that expand their knowledge of Navajo culture, the Dine, and World War II. The 168-page guide includes a unit calendar, an introduction, 10 detailed lesson plans, assessments, links to additional teacher resources, and an answer key for the Activity Book.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members or their family members that speak languages other than English make recordings of messages to play for the class
  • Requires extra prep time to prepare the maps, online resources, and copies of the Activity Book required for the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • The final unit of eight in the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program designed for seventh graders
  • The units are designed to be used in order
  • Information about the CKLA approach may be found in the teacher guide for Unit 1 in the series of pages 11-21
  • Requires copies, one per learner, of the 156-page Activity Book
  • Class members need their copy of Bruchac's novel
  • Audio equipment is required for the recordings of the Navajo speaker
  • It contains links to informational resources about the Navajo Nation and the Long Walk
  • None