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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Lesson Plan

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Indigenous Land Guardianship, Settler Colonialism, Racial Capitalism. While the terms may be new to some, they feature in a lesson plan designed for Indigenous Peoples' Day. Young scholars investigate four concepts: Land Acknowledgements, Indigenous Leadership and Black Excellence, Self Determination, and Actions as Accomplices to "foster mutual healing, reconciliation, and solidarity." The 16-page packet includes background information, a three-day lesson plan, and directions for how to conduct the lesson as a Project-Based Learning exercise

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • The TEDEd video is powerful and disturbing; be prepared to offer assistance as needed
  • Designed for Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 12, the lesson plan is also appropriate during November's Native American Heritage Month
  • The interview with  Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is over two hours long; if unable to watch the entire video, the packet includes suggestions for important segments to view
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members require devices with internet access
  • Projection equipment with the internet is needed for the videos
  • Researchers investigate by examining seven key values: Interconnectedness, Land Stewardship, Wisdom Keepers, Intergenerational Knowledge, Sacred, Ritual, Tradition, Sovereignty, and Intersectionality
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