As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I think it’s important to educate our students. So what could we do to actually implement a unit about Native Americans? As I mentioned, I have spent a great deal of time on an Indian Reservation and would consider myself pretty knowledgable on this topic.
It would be really cool to follow Native Americans in time. We could do a lesson on life before America was discovered, life while the settlers arrived (could go very in-depth with older grades, like middle school), and life after they arrived, including what life is like for them currently today. They still face a lot of opposition so I think it would be really eye-opening for them to see that life still isn’t all great for them.
This would be a hard and serious lesson to teach but history should never be avoided.