Voice Unit

This Voice Unit unit also includes:

Throughout history, poetry has given writers a chance to share their unique voices and opinions with the world. A series of centers-based activities give learners the opportunity to develop their own voices as they explore the Native American experience. A persuasive essay serves as the final assessment for the collection of activities.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in more current articles about Native American issues, such as sports teams changing their names to avoid disrespecting the culture
  • Extend the conversation by tying the discussion of culture and assimilation to present-day news related to Spanish-speaking immigrants
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to two songs: "Forgiveness" by Morning Star and "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" by Buffy St. Marie
Pros

  • Uses materials in a variety of genres and formats
  • Builds in time for teacher assessment and feedback in small groups
Cons

  • Excerpts included in lesson appear grainy and difficult to read
  • Suggests using an overhead projector
Common Core