Upcoming Webinar! Quickly add Native American materials to your existing curriculum.

Join us Thursday, 10/15, from 8–9pm ET or Saturday, 10/24, from 11am–12 noon ET.

One-hour professional development certificate will be available upon request.
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Do you need to learn about ways in which to incorporate Native American and other ethnic materials into your Social Studies, History, or Language Arts curriculum?  This month we are here to help!  We will quickly review what might take you many hours to peruse on your own!

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We will be looking closely at two National Archives’ chapters in the new Honoring Tribal Legacies Handbook and Sample Curriculum, Primary Sources for American Indian Research and Exploring Your Own Community (an Intermediate unit plan).  Each of these chapters focuses on the inclusion of Native and non-Native  primary sources from a variety of stakeholders, including the learner him/herself, and can be adapted to any age group.

Beyond these chapters, the two-volume Handbook, produced by the National Park Service/ University of Oregon (2015), is filled with information about approaches to such topics as honoring the past, looking for Native place-names, and connecting with your local Native community.  In addition, sound educational principles are employed including placing the learner’s experiences first, connecting students with their natural, historic, and cultural surroundings in diverse and adaptable ways, connecting with the whole learner regardless of culture, incorporating Common Core and other standards, and alternative approaches to assessment.  We will be looking at a few of these as well.

The 7 sample curriculum units included in the online package all relate to the Lewis and Clark Expedition in some way. Each holds a series of complete lesson plans designed for preschool (Discovering Your Relationship with Water by Dr. Rose Honey), elementary (Honoring Tribal Legacies in Telling the Lewis and Clark Story by Dr. Ella Inglebret), intermediate grades (A Thousand Celilos by Shana Brown, MA and Exploring Your Own Community by Carol Buswell, MA),   secondary (The Journey by Dr. Julie Cajune and Living Within the Four Base Tipi Poles of the Apsalooka Homeland by Dr. Shane Doyle), and Post Secondary (Tribal Legacies of Pathfinding by Dr. Carmelita Lamb).

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To look at the complete Handbook and Sample Curriculum in advance, see the Honoring Tribal Legacies website.

About Carol Buswell

Education Specialist.
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