U.S. History “TECUMSEH” Sketch and Common Core Quotes Analysis.
This is a great lesson to introduce your students to the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. I use this lesson during my unit on Jefferson’s Presidency and it is one of my year long ARTIST SERIES activities that accompany my curriculum. This PowerPoint lesson gives students a chance to showcase their artistic skills by drawing a sketch of Tecumseh while listening to the teacher explain about his life and ideals (4 slides of Teacher notes are included in the PowerPoint). As they finish up their sketches the students are then shown three short quotes from Tecumseh and they try and paraphrase the excerpts from his speeches. Students write their answers in three boxes to the left of their sketch on their own piece of paper. This simple yet effective activity is a great way to let the skilled artists in your history class use their talent and be recognized for their efforts. There are various ways you can do this, in my class I have the students pick the best drawings from each of their rows and I share them on the document camera and give the top efforts an extra credit stamp. By allowing the students to use visual and artistic skills while analyzing the words of this great Native American leader you can bring in Common Core skills (analyzing Primary Resource text) into the history classroom in an interesting and enjoyable manner that students will remember because of their time spent drawing the historical figure.