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Updated 12/29/18. You’re starting the “Navajo Origin Myth,” and you have a unique approach: To use the myths to enhance your classroom management! Unfortunately, your resources don’t offer much help, and you don’t have time to prepare meaningful materials that encourage deep, critical thinking.
Still, you know how you want to approach the lesson: Use the details in the myth to help students understand Navajo culture, and then segue to discussions about your classroom culture. From there, use positive reinforcement to solidify your classroom culture. You will accomplish all your goals, plus your students will grow both socially and emotionally as they reflect upon their contributions to your classroom culture. Great! But how will you help students use myths to figure out the Navajo culture? Don’t worry! Everything you need is here!
• Teacher’s Guide
• Detailed Lesson Plan: Includes two examples of how to segue discussions about Navajo culture, which is clearly defined, to your classroom culture.
• Class Notes and Graphic Organizers: Designed to help students notice repetition and patterns, and from there, cite textual support to make inferences about the Navajo culture.
• Reading Questions: To draw attention to frequently overlooked but important details that help students identify characteristics unique to the Navajo culture;
• Answer Keys
• Paragraph Assignment & Rubric
• Optional Differentiated Essay Questions with link to a common standardized test rubric
• CCSS & New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) in Word
• The lesson is student-centered. Students learn through self-discovery rather than through traditional teacher-centered lecturing. Teacher facilitates/assists small groups.
• Students collaborate to discover for themselves the Navajo culture and values by completing graphic organizers (Handouts 2-4) that focus on archetypes and details the storyteller intentionally includes.
Entire Packet: 22
Teacher Materials & Keys: 11 / Student Handouts: 6
CCSS & NJ Student Learning Standards (in Word): 5