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Dark Water: Lesson Plan 3 - Grades 6-12

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After watching the documentary Dark Water about a traditional Chumash ceremony and reading a Chumash origin story, viewers are asked to create a coat of arms and to craft an essay that details a family tradition or their own origin story.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have individual research how their families or neighbors came to be in this pace at this time
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes class members have viewed Dark Water, the documentary that introduces the series of lessons
  • The fourth in a four-part series that focuses on the Chumash of the California Channel Islands
  • Class members should have experience crafting narratives
  • The 14-page packet includes a summary of the lesson that is based on the Dark Water documentary, a vocabulary worksheet, and a template for a coat of arms
  • Also included are reading passages, images, Chumash poetry, and links to news articles about the Chumash tomol crossing
  • No scaffolding is provided for the essay assignment, nor is a rubric included