The West: Won or Lost?
Lesson 1: Native American Diversity
Time Estimated: 1 day
- Recall prior knowledge about Native American culture, specifically what they remember about the tribes of the Great Plains.
- Explore aspects of the diverse cultures by examining informational handouts.
- Work in groups to create presentations about their aspect of tribal culture.
- Present the most important characteristics orally to the class.
- Examine the loss of identity by reading The Buffalo Go and the relationship between this loss and the movement of settlers westward.
- Handouts from http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/firstnations/index.html
- The Buffalo Go by Old Lady Horse
- Hook: Think-Pair-Share: Make a list of what you remember about Native American culture from our previous study and what you remember specifically about those cultures on the Great Plains.
- Students will work in small groups to explore Native American culture on the plains by examining one of the following aspects:
- Bison (buffalo)
- Family and duties
- The Winter Count
- Once students have had time to process through the informational handouts, they will present the information to the class.
- Once students have finished with presentations, they will be given a reading from Native American Testimony: Chronicle of Indian — White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492 – 2000 by Peter Nabokov. I chose an excerpt by Old Lady Horse found on pages 174 – 175 of the revised and updated edition. As they begin to read, I will challenge them with the following thought provoker — her words and how she combines them provide equal insight into her culture.
- Discussion: What does she tell us with her words and what does she tell us by how she puts the words together?
- Closure: How closely connected is she to nature and her surroundings? Is her connection indicative of the tribes on the Great Plains?
I place students in diverse groups to ensure that all students will be able to answer the questions and I go over all of the information to ensure all students understand the information.