Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
I’ve taught about Native Americans and Native American culture for many years. However, often times that discussion was only about Native Americans of the past. This year, I decided that I really wanted my students to understand that Native Americans were still around, and that they were a part of modern society and culture.
This lesson has students investigate articles relating to modern Native Americans. They will examine two resources. The first discusses a current event relating to Native Americans and the second discusses modern Native American culture (particularly the lives of teenagers). There are articles of varying reading levels and linked Youtube videos, so teachers can differentiate as needed. Students analyze the stories and then engage in a class discussion about current Native American culture.
(Note: This resource is not meant to be comprehensive, but more to spread awareness. If you have stories you would like me to add, please let me know. I tried to pick uplifting stories about current Native American culture, instead of just focusing on the challenges they might face.)
NYS Framework Standards:
7.1a Geography and climate influenced the migration and cultural development of Native Americans. Native Americans in North America settled into different regions and developed distinct cultures.
7.1a.2 – Students will compare and contrast different Native American culture groups of North America, with a focus on the influence geographic factors had on their development.
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