This 5 week unit culminates in a students creating a children's book based off of concepts of Power, Oppression, or Resistance. This unit is focused on a critical view of US history and showcases an introductory opportunity for students to learn about Native American History, conduct research, and challenge ideas and images typically associated with Native American history. The unit starts with an overview of "power" "oppression" and "resistance" through current events and simulation games. We then begin an exploration of theories about the settlement of the Americas (challenging the Bering Land Bridge Theory). We end with Columbus' arrival and his eventual mock trial.
Students are given plenty of opportunities to research present/past histories of current Native American Nations. My students were thoroughly engaged in the content and learned a great deal in their own individual research. This unit is more student led after the first several weeks of "lecture" material.
I highly recommend this unit. It was built from prominent race/indigenous theories including Howard Zinn's "A People's History" and activities from "Lies my Teacher Told Me"