In this lesson plan on a primary source document, your students will enrich their knowledge of Native American culture. In this speech Tecumseh, a leader of the Shawnee tribe, works to unite other tribes to fight against the encroachment of their lands. The powerful speech outlines many of the tragedies and dilemmas of the Native people.
When your students complete this lesson on a powerful speech they will:
—understand more about the history of Native people
—strengthen their close reading and analysis skills
—understand bullying and power struggles on a deeper level
—clarify their own ideas about why people hurt those less powerful
—engage in a stimulating class discussion on the craft of the speech as well as the bigger ideas and issues
This lesson is ready to go and includes:
—seven different prompts for freewrites or quick writes
—a copy of the speech
—handouts with questions for close reading and for discussion
—a complete answer key
—five suggestions for extension or assessment.
You will love this lesson because it will engage your students in an analysis of a primary source document. Your students will love it because they will gain knowledge about real historical events and they will have a new perspective on issues that they face in their day-to-day lives.