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Native American Folklore

Objectives: Students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between oral and written history.
  • Gain a greater understanding of the prairie landscape through research, discussion, drawing, and writing activities.
  • Create visual interpretations of written narrative.

Standards: Geography, English Language Arts.

Skills Addressed: Linguistic, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Naturalist.

Interdisciplinary Connections: English/Language Arts, Geology, Theatre, Visual Arts.

Length: Three fifty-minute class periods and a week of homework.

Materials: Internet and/or library access, art supplies (colored pencils, markers, pens, paper); if making a book—cardboard, rolls of sticky-sided shelf liner, scissors.

Products: An illustrated story or a book.

Content Introduction: Legends have always been an important part of Native American religion and culture. In the past these stories were passed down orally, but now many are being written down in order to reach a larger audience. With every new telling, each legend changes slightly, but usually retains its core message. Throughout the various tribes, many legends share similar elements, but every tribe also has its own unique legends.

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