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Indigenous Cultures of North America Research Project
1 Hook/Attention Getter
Think of the term “complex societies” and to try to describe it in your own words. What would a “complex society” possess? Students will enter ideas into Google Classroom discussion stream prompt.
2 Class Discussion
Engage students in a class discussion:
What is the opposite of complex? What would a complex society be like? What are some characteristics that a society might have to be considered complex?
How does a society maintain order? How do they provide for their needs and wants? Is there an organized set of beliefs, traditions, and rituals?
3 Formative Assessment Poll
Poll the class on our focus question: Do you think the (pre-European contact) Native American cultures were complex societies?
Assign table groups a tribe:
4 Group Research Project and Slide Creation
You will be presenting your research project in the form of a Google Slides presentation, which can be accessed in our Google Classroom and in each of your Google drives. Use the Indigenous Cultures of North America research template on the next page to record your findings. Be sure to include the following information in your presentation: • Background (history and settlement in North America) • Politics (who were the leaders? how were decisions made? what type of system did they use? what was the role of women and elders? how did they view concepts of power and ownership?) • Social Structure (family life, social structures, gender roles, life for children, housing, language, food and agriculture, and warfare) • Religion (monotheistic or polytheistic, deities/gods, ceremonies, connections to nature) • Culture (art, music, and oral histories) • Economy (currency, trade)
You can collect in your notes in a collaborative Google Doc then construct your Google Slides and add your research in using your own words.
Research: In addition to the resources available in class, you should conduct research using various Internet sources.
Suggested links are: National Museum of the American Indian: http://nmai.si.edu/home/ National Archives/Researching American Indians and Alaska Natives: http://www.archives.gov/research/native-americans/ National Archives/Archives Library Information Center/Indians/Native Americans: http://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/native-americans.html Native American Sites: www.nativeculturelinks.com Internet Sacred Text Archive: www.sacred-texts.com Native Languages of the Americas: www.native-languages.org
Student groups will present their tribes to the class. Other groups will complete peer assessment slips and offer the presenting group a glow and grow for feedback.
Students will reflect on their learning by recording a video reflecting on their progress and participation in the group project on flipgrid.