Native American Poetry Packet

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UPDATE 10/16/2020:

When I initially included this packet in my store, I did not include information about the authors because I really wanted students to focus on the poetry. The best way to get to know, and understand, a poet is by reading their poetry after all. However, I also understand the benefit of knowing some history about the authors before reading their work so I've updated the packet to include some background information, a link to read more of their poetry if students feel so inclined (or if you, the teacher, want to include more in your lesson), and pictures of the authors/poets themselves. I hope you find this addition helpful!

As always, thank you for all you do!

Chelsea

ORIGINAL:

As teachers, we have a unique ability to expose our students to writers from all over the world, from all different cultures, and from all different backgrounds. In this packet, you and your class will dive into Native American poetry as it relates to personal and cultural identity.

Does this sounds scary to you? Whether your answer is "yes" or "no"- I will say "Good"!

In this packet, students will be required to reflect on their own personal and cultural identities and read history of Native American tribes in the United States. They will then read 4 poems by different Native American writers from different tribes and answer reflection and comprehension questions. At the end of the packet, students will then connect history to poetry and the concepts of personal and cultural identity.

Poems in this resource:

A Tribute to Chief Joseph (1840?-1904)

BY: DUANE NIATUM (S’Klallam)

Ats'íísts'in

BY ORLANDO WHITE (Dine (Navajo))

Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings

BY JOY HARJO (Muskogee Creek)

Obligations 2

BY LAYLI LONG SOLDIER (Oglala Lakota)

Total Pages
36 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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