For this lesson, students investigate the 8 Native American Cultural Areas. The students will read articles related to the Native American cultural areas that have been differentiated by Newsela. They will then practice sourcing artifacts related to Native Americans. There is a graphic organizer and an exit ticket already provided for easy analysis.
This lesson requires access to technology - the students need to be able to access Newsela to skim through the articles and take notes. Newsela automatically differentiates articles. This is really helpful for students, as those who read more slowly can still work at the same pace as those students who are able to read more quickly.
This lesson is more focused on having students learn the skills of “Sourcing” and reviewing the skill of “Compare and Contrast.” I am not as concerned with having students know all of the detailed information relating to Native American cultural areas. I want them to understand how to access that information and how to analyze that information.
The lesson is linked to NYS Social Studies Standards, but you could easily cut and paste in your own standards for your state.
NYS Framework Standards:
7.1a.2 - COMPARE and CONTRAST different Native American cultural groups
with a focus on the influence geographic factors had on their development.
7.1a.3 - EXAMINE the various Native American cultural groups located within
what became New York State, and the influence geographic factors had on their development.
This zip file includes a PDF version a PowerPoint version and a link to a Google Slides version. Both the PowerPoint and the Google Slides versions are fully EDITABLE.
If you like this resource, check out my other resources in this unit!
The First Americans - “First Peoples”
Native American Cultural Areas
Exploration and Encounter (Doodle Notes)
The Columbian Exchange
The English vs. the Wampanoag
The First Jamestown Settlers
Columbus Day Debate
The Meeting of Three Worlds - Review and Assessment
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