PBS LearningMedia's Native American Heritage collection is full of resources to support students' learning about the art, history, and culture of Native Americans. Lessons cover a variety of relevant topics, from music, history, and identity to profiles of contemporary Native Americans in the fields of art and science. Each lesson, which includes videos, support materials, and alignment to national standards, covers a variety of different disciplines and grade levels. For example, history teachers would benefit from the materials on the Dawes Act, while the lesson on the poem "Hiawatha" would be useful in an English or humanities class, where students might explore the theme of identity.
The materials here aren't intended to be stand-alone units, but you could easily integrate them into your existing curriculum to add depth and interest. Lessons are primarily designed for whole-class instruction, with opportunities for individual and group work as appropriate. You'll need a way to project the videos for your classes, as these are essential to the majority of the lessons. Standout resources include Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey, Thanksgiving, Drawing Conclusions: Miss Navajo, and Living with the Land.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Reading History/Social Studies
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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