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Promoting Group Identity and Cohesion Through Building a Longhouse Within a Third Grade Native American Social Studies Curriculum
This 97-page graduate school thesis, complete with bibliography and appendix, tells the story of building a full-size Native American longhouse in a 3rd grade classroom. Although the main purpose of this large-scale project is to address the demands of the social studies curriculum, I sought to also address social concerns and issues of group cohesion that had risen that year.
This thesis would likely be interesting and helpful to any elementary teacher responsible for a Native American curriculum, as it really gives you a sense of how to get something like this off the ground, and why it's so valuable. I also think any educator interested in promoting group harmony through large-scale, hands-on projects would find it useful and relevant.