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Free Resources: Activities for National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted Nov 6, 2006
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The folks at the ReadWriteThink Web site—a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation—have an excellent collection of resources of their own making, plus links to many more, to use during National American Indian Heritage Month. From their Web site:

Engage your students in an exploration of Native American heritage through a study of Native American pourquoi tales. Pourquoi tales explain why something or someone, usually in nature, is the way it is. Have your students read a variety of Native American pourquoi tales and then write original texts.

This First People website includes a selection of tales, including many pourquoi or "why" tales. After reading these tales, brainstorm with the class a list of animals with distinctive features or a list of natural events such as lightning, rain, or snow, and then have students write original pourquoi tales. When students finish, they can publish their tales using the ReadWriteThink Printing Press. The "booklet" option allows students to add additional pages in order to accommodate longer stories. After printing the finished product, students can add illustrations to their myths.

There's lots more where that came from. Click HERE to go to ReadWriteThink's free National American Indian Heritage Month resources.

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