In this activity, students will use a digitized primary source to translate between English and Chinook Jargon, the trading pidgin of the Pacific Northwest used heavily in the 19th century. Students will reflect verbally and in writing on the challenges of translating accurately between two languages. Finally, students will make and defend an argument about the fairness of the use of Chinook Jargon in treaty making.
This lesson is aligned with the Common Core (CCSS) and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Standards. It also includes accommodations for English Language Learners (ESOL, EFL, ESL), exceptional education (ESE), and gifted students.