Lesson Plans: Elementary - Middle School - High School
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PBS Utah produced We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah
, a five-part documentary focusing on the stories and ways of the Ute, Paiute, Northwestern Shoshone, Goshute, and Navajo people. Below are lesson plans and resources that support the documentaries.
Elementary Lesson Plans
How the Meanings of Colors Transmit Navajo Culture
Students will be able to identify the four colors important to the Navajos and understand how these colors represent different elements of Navajo culture. They will also be able to understand how values and beliefs associated with color help transmit culture from one generation to the next.
Shoshone Seasonal Land Use and Culture
The student will be able to analyze the relationship between the culture and environments of the Northwestern Shoshones. The student will also understand the importance of oral tradition to the transmission of Shoshone culture.
The Trade Economy of the Southern Paiutes
The student will be able to identify the subsistence practices of the Southern Paiutes and analyze the economic and social connections between the different bands of Southern Paiutes in Utah.
Middle School Lesson Plans
The Ingenuity of Utah's Indian Leaders
The student will be able to identify some of Utah's American Indian leaders and explain their unique contributions to their tribes and the history of Utah.
Female Leaders Throughout Paiute History
The student will understand the life of Sarah Winnemucca and be able to draw connections between Winnemucca's beliefs and accomplishments and the beliefs and impact of contemporary Southern Paiute women leaders.
We Shall Remain: Seventh Grade Assessment
The student will be able to discern the correct answers to multiple choice questions based on comprehension of the materials presented on the American Indians of Utah.
High School Lesson Plans
The Long Walk and the Escape to Utah
The student will be able to examine United States Indian policy by understanding the events surrounding the Long Walk. They also will be able to understand how the Long Walk and the escape to Utah serve as examples of Navajo determination and persistence.
The Skull Valley Goshutes and the Nuclear Waste Storage Controversy
The student will be able to comprehend how tribal sovereignty is complicated by disagreements over land use, economic development, and state vs. federal control. They will also understand the economic and ecological variables that have shaped the Skull Valley Band of Goshute's attempted acquisition of a nuclear waste storage facility.
American Indian Heritage Month Resources
Resources to help you celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.
We Shall Remain - PBS
Download and view the PBS American Experience We Shall Remain series. Utah Educators can access this video via eMedia
American West Center
In 1964 A. R. Mortensen and C. Gregory Crampton, two University of Utah history professors, founded the American West Center with the then unique mission of researching the history and culture of the American West.
PBS Utah is one of Utah's public broadcasting stations. PBS Utah offers the full PBS schedule, an instructional television block, and award-winning, locally-produced television programs and documentaries.
Utah Division of Indian Affairs
The UDIA provides general information about Indians/tribes and also provides presentations to various sectors: public, private, schools. UDIA is also responsible for 'repatriation of American Indian human remains' found on non-federal lands.
Utah State Board of Education
USBE ensures literacy and numeracy, provides high quality instruction, establishes curriculum with high standards and relevance, and requires effective assessment to inform high quality instruction and accountability for all Utah children.
Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations