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Lost in Native American Lore

Explore a Native American legend with your students to discover the ways of life and beliefs of the Algonquin people.
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Students will be able to identify the beliefs and lifestyle of the Algonquin Native Americans based on a cultural narrative.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(30 minutes)
  • Have students read an additional cultural narrative and write about the lifestyles and beliefs they pick up on based on the text.
(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.

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