Native American History: An Introduction -

Native American History

Length: 18 weeks
Content-type: Text-based
Age/Grade: 7th – 9th Grades
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How to Use This Course

This one-semester course is designed to teach 6th–9th graders about the daily and family life of many North American Native American tribes by incorporating their history, dwellings, government, methods of farming, clothing, customs, arts and storytelling, and more.

Course Introduction

This one-semester course is broken into daily readings and assignments. Through this course, students learn about Native American tribes of the Northeast, Southeast, Great Plains, Northwest, Great Basin, Southwest, and Arctic as well as the Trail of Tears and various treaties with the Native Americans. Students will also read at least two books and complete two book reports.

Printable weekly lessons with daily readings and assignments

  • Week One: General Information and Introduction to Native Americans of the Northeast
  • Week Two: The Iroquois, Lenape (Delaware), and Massachuset
  • Week Three: The Miami, Pequot, Powhatan, and Shawnee
  • Week Four: Introduction to Native Americans of the Southeast and the Cherokee
  • Week Five: The Chickasaw and Choctaw
  • Week Six: The Creek, Natchez, and Seminole
  • Week Seven: Quiz, Introduction to Native Americans of the Plains, and the Arapaho
  • Week Eight: The Cheyenne
  • Week Nine: The Comanche and Crow
  • Week Ten: The Pawnee and Sioux
  • Week Eleven: Battle of the Little Bighorn, Introduction to Native Americans of the Plateau, the Nez Perce, and the Yakima (Yakama)
  • Week Twelve: Introduction to Native Americans of the Great Basin, the Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute
  • Week Thirteen: Review, Introduction to Native Americans of the Southwest, the Apache, and Navajo
  • Week Fourteen: The Pueblo, Introduction to Native Americans of California, the Chumash, and Pomo
  • Week Fifteen: Introduction to Native Americans of the Northwest Coast and the Chinook
  • Week Sixteen: Introduction to Native Americans of the Arctic, the Aleut, and Inuit
  • Week Seventeen: The Tlingit and the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Week Eighteen: Review for Test and Test

This course counts as a social studies credit. Students who complete the 18 weekly lessons, including all reading and writing assignments, and spend approximately 90 hours completing the course, may earn 0.5 academic credit.

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