- Fifth Grade
- Social Studies
- 110 minutes
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October 2, 2015
by Brandy Metzger
Explore a Native American legend with your students to discover the ways of life and beliefs of the Algonquin people.
Students will be able to identify the beliefs and lifestyle of the Algonquin Native Americans based on a cultural narrative.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Tell students that they will be examining a text to learn about the lifestyles and beliefs of a Native American tribe.
- Ask students if they have ever read a story about a different culture. Have them share a few examples.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)
- Read The Rough-Face Girl and share pictures with the students.
- As you read have students discuss the differences they hear and see about the culture of the people in the story and their own.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Draw a Venn diagram on the board and label it “My culture” and “Algonquin culture.”
- Explain to the students that they will fill in the diagram sorting out the differences they see between their culture and the culture presented in the story.
- Fill in one example on the board.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Students will draw their own Venn diagram and complete it making comparisons between their culture, including beliefs and lifestyle, and that of the characters in the book.
- Enrichment: Have students read additional information about the Algonquin tribe and write a mini report about the culture.
- Support: Allow students that need additional support access to the book The Rough-Face Girl and other simple texts on the Algonquin tribe to help them complete their Venn diagram.
Assessment (30 minutes)
- Have students read an additional cultural narrative and write about the lifestyles and beliefs they pick up on based on the text.
Review and Closing (15 minutes)
- Ask students what they have learned that is different about Native American culture their own.
- Ask students if they can think of any cultures that have similar beliefs and lifestyles as their own.