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Background For Teachers:
Understanding: Legend is an integral part of culture and comes from the land, background, religious beliefs and values of a people. Through American Indian legends and stories we can learn “…respect. For everything—the Earth, yourself, the way you carry yourself, the way you treat other people.” – Eddie Spears, Lakota Sioux.
Student Prior Knowledge:
People walked upon the face of the land known as the United States of America long before it was a country. Some archeologists estimate that the first inhabitants arrived 40,000 years ago, and others 13,000 years, before the present day. Many American children are taught about Christopher Columbus discovering America and the First Thanksgiving at Jamestown. Yet, this is not the correct history. As so the history now unfolds.
The Indians that inhabited the lands of the Americas learned of this great land by experience. They were eclectic biologists and scientists in their own right. They knew of the waters, the trees, and the various animals. They tilled the earth, grew food, and walked the paths through this great land. It was their homeland. They were the first people to inhabit this land. Their history is one of pride, sacredness, and knowledge of the land. Learning this history requires a look into their past, their trials, and the story of the days when others came to their land and began to change the face of their world forever. However, some of their traditional cultural values, ethics, and sacred beliefs exist to this day.
This unit is an attempt to help children understand the first people of this land and develop an even greater appreciation for their diversity, culture, and the generations whose hands helped forge this land and were pivotal in the building of this nation.
Some general information about American Indians:
Essential Question 1: Why Is it important to hear the legends and stories and their origins to understand the American Indian culture?
Essential Question 2: Why is it important to hear a variety of stories, myths and legends? (To broaden the view and understanding of the students.)
Essential Question 1 - Assessment
Essential Question 2 - Assessment
Students will respond to one of the following essay questions:
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