Native American Voices
This lesson is the second in the Native American Literature unit, the first unit in MrsSperry.com’s complete, year-long, American Literature course. This 50 minute lesson reviews the first lesson's terms which are used in discussing Native American literature, introduces the terms archetype and literature, has students read and discuss a printout which states the characteristics of Native American literature, explains two strategies for reading poetry, and introduces students to the poem "Song of the Sky Loom."
Students’ folders with notes from Lesson 1 and/or printout from http://www.mrssperry.com/Terms for Studying Native American Literature.htm
Internet access or printouts from http://mrssperry.com/Introduction%20to%20American%20Literature.htm
Internet access or printouts from http://mrssperry.com/Song%20of%20sky%20loom%20w%20questions.htm
Define and describe Native American literature by stating and explaining three or more characteristics.
Apply knowledge of literary terms to works of literature (oral tradition, myth, rhythm, metaphor, and onomatopoeia.
Apply knowledge of two new literary terms - archetype and literature.
Use the two strategies of multiple readings and asking questions to understand a poem.
Interpret the meaning of a poem.
Step: 1 Duration: 15 minutes – Knowledge Target 1, Skills Targets 2 and 3
Open the class by reviewing American Literature Lesson 1.
Share and discuss today's learning targets.
Step: 2 Duration: 35 minutes – All targets
purpose for reading is to become informed about Native Americans’ discoveries about the universe
and their methods for preserving and communicating their discoveries. Students
will prepare to demonstrate their ability to explicate
(explain) “Song of the Sky Loom.” Direct students to silently
and independently read the printouts or projections, take notes, and begin
writing answers to the questions about "Song of the Sky Loom." End the
class with review of targets.
Additional Reading for Advanced Students
http://members.cox.net/academia/songs.html (has “The Corn Grows Up”)
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