7th Grade English
The following Novel Units are required reading in 7th Grade.
Joseph Medicine Crow Counting Coup
The following resources are available to provide background knowledge on Joseph Medicine Crow and to assist with the teaching of the novel Joseph Medicine Crow Counting Coup Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond. The Opi Model Unit provides suggestions for teaching this novel. The video clips can be used to enhance instruction to include an oral retelling of the event surrounding Dr. Medicine Crow counting coup in WWII and also provide contemporary footage of him receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
8th Grade English
The following Novel Units are required reading in 8th Grade.
Plenty Coups Chief of the Crows
The following resources are available to provide background knowledge on Chief Plenty Coups and to assist with the teaching of the novel Plenty Coups Chief of the Crows by Frank Linderman. The literature unit provides background information and activities for teaching the introduction along with Chapters 3, 4, the afterword and pages 168, 138-139, and 62-64. The powerpoint attached could be used to replace the reading of the introduction.
Two Old Women
The following resources are available to assist with the teaching of the novel Two Old Women by Velma Wallis. The Opi Model Unit provides suggestions for teaching this novel. Additionally, the Two Old Women Active Reading provides another approach to teaching this novel which includes Active Reading Strategies and multimedia clips for engagement. For a Montana Connection you might consider reading the short story How a Young Brave Survived as told by Adeline Mathias. This is an oral story of a Kootenai youth who survived in the 18th century. This story was sent to all libraries.
Two Old Women Active Reading
These two units are identical however the second has been edited to include web addresses etc. The first version can not be edited, however there are sections that need to be printed from this document to make the clip art more clear when copying for student use.
Below is a document that provides a chapter by chapter listing of the poetry used in the OPI unit along with the specific pages in the novel where 6 traits is used. See your library in the spring for a copy of these poetry resources.
Elements of Literature Connections
The following Stories in the Elements of Literature Anthology enhance this novel study: The First Americans and The Medicine Bag and are included for use in the Literature Unit. In conjunction with the Medicine Bag, there is a 5 minute Visual Connections called Touchstones of American Indian Tradition that may provide background information to support students understanding that American Indian Traditions and Culture exist today.
Who Will Tell My Brother
The following article and game on the National Eagle Repository will assist with building students background knowledge on the significance of Eagle Feathers to many American Indian People. This will aide with identifying stereotypes throughout this novel.
Mascot Issue Resources
Why Educators Can't Ignore Indian MascotsThis is an article written by Dr. Cornel Pewewardy which discussed the impacts of the Indian Mascots on Native Children.
Chief Iliniwek Last Dance This video clip shows the last dance of the Chief Illiniwek in 2007. When partnered with the traditional pow wow clip and drumming video below the students could compare and contrast these clips to see if this stereotypical mascot properly represents the culture of American Indians.
MSU-Bozeman 2011 Pow Wow
Day in the Life of a Tribal Drummer This video discusses the significance of drumming to American Indian People.
The two minute advertisement "Proud To Be" from changethemascot.org gives students more understanding of American Indian perspectives on how the are represented and why the Washington mascot causes offense.