Jasilyn Charger of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, one of the young leaders instrumental in the launching of the Standing Rock movement and other youth are profiled in a recent New York Times Magazine article. Battling hopeless conditions on their reservations, the youth defied the elder’s orders and began a movement protesting the oil pipeline that threatens their land and drinking water. Many teachers cover Native Americans in their curriculum by teaching a few origin myths yet here is an opportunity to teach your students how these brave youths are carrying the burden for all Americans by taking on the White House and the major oil corporations.
There are many links to videos, interviews, resources for analyzing the argument that Native peoples are fighting for against insurmountable odds. Also included in the resource is a Democracy Now interview with Jasilyn Charger. There is a short documentary available on the Standing Rock Movement.
The lesson features a link to a prompt analyzing Saul Elbein’s, “The Youth Group That Launched a Movement at Standing Rock,” as well as a graphic organizer designed as a rhetorical triangle where students will look for appeals from an interview with actor and activist Shailene Woodley. Students will craft an argumentative thesis sentence. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a rhetorical précis, and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons fit any Honors Literature class, Pre-AP, American Literature, AP English Language or Literature class to prepare students for AP English Language exams, Common Core extended response assessments, American Literature Course exams, the SAT and ACT essay and critical thinking activities. Now adaptable for ESOL classes.
The packet includes complete lessons, Common Core standards, essential and key questions. I've made the following revisions to this product: I have added an addendum that describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students.
Tags: Close Reading, writing, Pre-AP, critical thinking, protest, Native Americans, American History, theme, ELL adaptable material