Lesson Plan

Resiliency Among the Salmon People

This Resiliency Among the Salmon People lesson plan also includes:

Is losing cultural traditions the cost of social progress, or should people make stronger efforts to preserve these traditions? High schoolers watch a short film about the native Yup'ik people in Alaska and how they handle the shifts in their local ecosystem. Next, they take sides in a philosophical debate before presenting their points of view to classmates.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners watch the video at home and come to class prepared for discussion
  • Assign a short journal period right after showing the video for class members to collect their thoughts
  • Use in conjunction with a science lesson on ecosystems or a social studies unit on native populations
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is designed to work with a seven-minute video, which is included on the first page of the resource
  • Connects to several different subjects, including earth science, social studies, and language arts
  • Debate question is thought provoking and engages pupil interest
  • Includes a version of the lesson in Spanish
  • None
Common Core