Native American Storytelling Teacher Resources

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Tradition Through Technology: Native American Storytelling

For Teachers 1st - 4th
This fabulous resource will help your class identify the parts of a story: subject, place, time, action, and moral. Class members will learn about storyboards and create their own about a Native American legend they researched online....
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Native American Music

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Explore Native American music. Listen to several examples of Native American music. Locate the tribes on maps and practice pronouncing words in the Cherokee language. Write out rhythmic accompaniment or a melodic introduction.
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Storytelling and Folklore

For Students 2nd - 3rd Standards
Stories are passed down orally in many cultures. Learn about the ways that storytelling can shape a society with a reading passage about Native American folklore and myths. After they finish reading, kids complete five reading...
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Native American Literature

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Introduce your class to the writing of the indigenous Americans and, even more well known, their story telling. An engaging presentation describes what kinds of texts would be included in the oral stories performed and some common themes...
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We of the Sea: Tribal Native American Stories

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A video featuring members of Oregon’s Astoria Native American fishing community launches a study of the oral tradition of poetry, and how traditions are passed down within different cultures. Activities, assessments, extensions and...
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A Listening Doll: Create Traditional Native American Storyteller Dolls

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
In this wonderful cross-curricular lesson, your youngsters will learn about Pueblo Indian storyteller dolls by creating their own! They discuss the tradition of story telling, especially in reference to Native Americans. Consider ending...
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Miwok Legend Storytelling Movie

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students read Native American legends and practice storytelling skills. They complete a worksheet about the elements of storytelling and create an iMovie.
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Tribes and Colonists

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Native American culture and lifestyle in colonial America are the backdrop for these tasks aimed at improving writing and research skills. Young researchers use graphic organizers, journals, creative writing through story telling,...
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Comparing Cinderella and The Rough-Face Girl

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Pupils examine similarities and differences between cultures. They'll see that literature, reading, and story telling is something all cultures have in common. They should construct Venn diagrams to help them compare and contrast the...
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Lesson: A Fitting Situation

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In the Enemy's Country is a painting that depicts several Native Americans dressed and ready for war. Youngsters analyze the artistic and storytelling elements the artist used to convey his idea. They then write a creative piece from the...
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North Carolina Cherokee Indians: The Trail of Tears

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discuss and research the Trail of Tears.  In this Native American history unit, students read stories about and research information about the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears.  Students work in literature circles and...
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Introduction to the Cherokee Language

For Teachers 7th - 12th
O-si-yo! Did you know that Cherokee is the only Native American language that has its own written alphabet? Pairs consult a Dikaneiski, a Cherokee word list, craft sentences using the Cherokee alphabet, and share these sentences with the...
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Native American Storyteller Figure

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore cultures that use clay figures in the art of storytelling. They discover the importance of cultural history being passed through generations. They also form their own storyteller from a clay figure.
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Native American Legends

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners work together in groups to research a Native American legend. They present the information they gathered in a format they chose. They write their own legend based on their research.
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Native American Storytelling

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the background of Native American myths and legends.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders read a myth out loud to their classmates.  Students compare and contrast their myths with other ones.  Students...
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The Removal of the Cherokee Indians

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read brief history of the Cherokee Indians, watch the Unto These Hills video, analyze artwork and read excerpts from Native Americans & government officials during the Indian Removal, and write an essay supporting or...
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Firsts from Aboriginal Peoples to Pioneers

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine Aboriginal people of the Americas. In this history lesson, students make connections between their own lives and those of Aboriginal people. Students engage in a 'talking circle' and use storytelling as a mode of...
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Native Voices

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The Navajo people build their dwellings with the doors facing the rising sun in the east to welcome wealth and fortune. Pupils learn about the traditions of the Navajo people in the first part of a 16-part unit. They explore American...
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Storytelling

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study and participate in a Native American traditional learning experience--storytelling. They read legends and choose a legend to tell and illustrate.
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How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun

For Teachers K - 4th
Students explore U.S. history by reading a Native American tale in class. In this cultural storytelling lesson, students read the story How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun and discuss the characters and themes of the Native American...
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Dream Catchers

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders, after researching legends and the origin of Native American beliefs and thoughts about the use and importance of dream catchers in Native American cultures, create a Native American dream catcher. They use similar...
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When Turtle Grew Feathers

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students explore the Choctaw Native American tribe.  In this cross curriculum literacy and U.S. history lesson, students locate where the Choctaw Indians lived on a United States map.  Students listen to When Turtle Grew Feathers and...
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Regional Landforms and Native People

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders study the Native American tribes of Maidu and Miwok by studying Internet artifacts, culture, language, music, storytelling, architecture, food, clothing, crafts and geology.
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A Storytelling Festival

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students examine oral storytelling examples from Native American cultures. They select stories to present orally to the class as part of a storytelling festival. They also think of familiar customs and create their own stories.

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