Week 11: Great Songs, Stories, & Speeches of Native Americans
READ: All Grades: Songs of the Chippewa by John Bierhorst (Choose a few of the songs written in Indian to read or sing to your kids)
K – 3: The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac (read only Chapter on “Boy Who Lived with the Bears” ) AND On The Trail Made of Dawn (Native American Creation Stories) by M.L. Webster “The Earth Diver” pg 10
4 – 6: Read Stories above and also the following from On The Trail Made of Dawn: “Spring Defeats Winter” pg 38, “The Theft of Fire” pg 43
7 – 8: Read all stories above and read the following speeches from The Book of Great American Speeches for Young People by Suzanne McIntire: “Powhatan” pg 5, “Big Mouth” pg 7, “Canasatego” pg 12, & “Logan” pg 16
- Many Native American stories are about animals. Why do you think this is the case? (answers will vary)
- Does the Earth Diver remind you of any Bible stories? Which one and why? (answers will vary)
- Which story did you like hearing the best? Why?
- What did you think of the Native American song you heard? (explain)
- Do you like the sound of the Chippewa language? (Why or why not?)
Questions for grades 7 & 8:
- What do both Powhatan and Big Mouth urge the colonists to do? (live peaceably with them)
- Why didn’t Canasatego want to send any of his men to college? (they couldn’t learn anything that would help them live and contribute to their tribe. The couldn’t build a cabin, kill a deer, kill an enemy, couldn’t run, etc.)
- Logan used to have a friendship with the colonists. Why did he change his mind about them? (some whites came and murdered his family.)
- What does he plan to do now? (take revenge)
ACTIVITIES: K – 3: Draw your own pictures to go along with the “The Earth Diver Story”.
4 – 6: Write an essay: Of the stories you read today, which one did you like the best? Why?
7 – 8: Write an essay: Of the speeches you read today, which one was most meaningful to you? Why?
Copyright October 20, 2012 by Gwen Fredette