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Developed for sixth-grade students, this curriculum incorporates Native American issues into such areas as art, social studies, language arts, and literature. Specifically, the curriculum examines the oppression of Native Americans in American society. The curriculum takes 7 days to complete, with the final assignment requiring an additional 1 or 2 days. Each lesson includes objectives, learning activities, evaluation, and suggested lecture notes. Lessons aim to help students analyze their feelings and attitudes concerning Native Americans, examine the impact of negative stereotypes and misconceptions, identify common Native American stereotypes in literature, apply the concept of authenticity to their own artwork, recognize contributions of American Indians to American society, demonstrate an understanding of Native American stories and legends, challenge their own previously held attitudes about Native Americans by visiting a reservation, acknowledge accomplishments of prominent Native Americans, and demonstrate an understanding of the oppression of Native Americans by writing a human relations letter to the author or illustrator of a children's book. Appendices consist of instructional materials and related information for teachers, including articles dealing with the oppression of Native Americans; poems and short stories; examples of stereotypes in advertisements, cartoons, and excerpts from children's books; criteria for selecting Native American visitors; information on famous Native Americans; information on evaluation and selection of multicultural literature; a listing of books containing negative images of Native Americans; a listing of Native American tribes; and additional ideas for classroom activities. (LP)

Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, American Indian Studies, Consciousness Raising, Elementary School Curriculum, Grade 6, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Multicultural Education, Stereotypes, Teaching Guides, Units of Study

Autor: Archer, Melissa L. Johns


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