Essential Question(s): How does your culture influence the choices you make?
Curriculum written by: Cindy Noland
Content area: Language Arts/ Indian History
Grade level: 11
Summary of Outcomes: Students should gain knowledge of Blackfeet Indian History/Culture in order to understand how these impacted the youth. Students should understand “coming-of-age” in terms of Blackfeet cultural expectations. Students will study the various decisions made by characters and how they impacted the tribe. Students will keep a reading journal in order to follow character development. Students will examine a character in depth and write a character sketch for them. They will keep a cultural vocabulary list and a dream record. They will research an aspect of Blackfeet history/culture and develop a PowerPoint for presentation. Students will use Readers Theater to understand the sacred stories. Students will synthesize a scene through ledger art. Students will create a visually appealing and informative PowerPoint presentation as a culminating project for the unit. The topic of the PowerPoint will be up to the student so long as it ties to the novel in some way (i.e. Marias Massacre, medicinal practices, buffalo economy, marriage customs, etc…). The goal is to not only provide students with research opportunities but also to teach presentation skills through the effective use of PowerPoint.
Read a common text describing traditional Blackfeet life and spirituality Blackfeet Website
Jigsaw texts that describe the different aspects of historical/traditional Blackfeet life: (The Blackfeet:Raiders on the NW Plains Ch. 4 The Staff of Life, Ch. 5 Camp Life, Ch. 7 Raiding for Horses and Scalps, Ch. 9 The Old Time Religion) Jigsaw Wksht.
Revisit KWL and add to Learn.
You could start the novel with a Tea Party of the first two chapters
Find several snippets of text (15-20) that are compelling/provocative that are clues to what is going to happen in the book.
Give each student one and have them write a prediction in their journal.
Stand and mingle. Reading quotes and discussing predictions. (10min.)
Sit and write a revised prediction
Classroom discussion (3min) What was it like? How did it help?
Teacher reads 1st 2 chapters. Raise your hand when you hear your text.
Do you want to add anything to your prediction?
Inquiry-What is coming-of-age? What are issues that teens face today? Are you the only teens in history to deal with these things? (Admit/Exit)Make a prediction about the issues the characters might face in the novel.
Chunk text into sections. Prepare journal entries. (Protocol) Respond to various questions/prompts (Journal)
Give students an event.
Have them research important facts about it.
Write an annotation.
Create a human timeline
Place the event on the timeline.
Quote of the Day/Topic-(Roots and Branches)
Choose an interesting quote from the reading assignment and have students respond to it.
This Learning experience is described on p. 75 in Reading Native American Literature: A Teacher’s Guide by Bruce A. Goebel
Use Massacre on the Marias from Blackfeet and corresponding chapter in novel (Baker Massacre) to create 4 different RAFTs. One is from the perspective of a woman/child in the camp that is attacked, one is from the perspective of a soldier who attacks the camp, one is from the perspective of a returning hunter to the camp, and one is from the perspective of a Gov’t official writing a report about the attack. (Writer’s Workshop)
Hand out worksheet for writing a character sketch. (Example)
Give students 3-5 character options and have them “draw a picture” of their character with words. Focus on description.
Give students an assignment sheet of expectations for project.
Students will research a topic of their choice that connects to Fools Crow. Examples might be: medicinal plants, games and recreation, buffalo economy. Brainstorm a list with students.
Students will have to create a PowerPoint of a minimum 10 slides.
Include 1-2 pictures per slide that enhance the topic.
Each slide needs to have 3 facts that are explained in the presentation.
A reference slide must be at the end of the presentation (MLA format)
All notes you made during the research process must be turned in.