Many times in American History classes across the nation, Native American histories are overlooked or under taught for an assortment of reasons. As a result, students are left with the burning question… “What about Native Americans?” The purpose of my unit will be to explore and hopefully fill in the blanks to this question by providing teachers, as well as students, with an in depth look into the various Native cultures that dominated the American landscape during the Pre-Columbian era, and then analyze current Native Tribes across the country in order to allow students to better understand Native Americans cultures and their advancements throughout history. More importantly, my overall hope for this unit will be to have it be a tool for teachers to utilize so they within their very own classrooms in order to fill in the gaps left by many textbooks in America. The overall goal of this curriculum will be accomplished by developing lessons that examine key Native American groups in the various regions across America by examining the cultures they developed in areas such as Urban, Social, and Political. Then analyze the various ways they adapted to the ever-changing landscapes around them. The curriculum will then conclude with students investigating how tribes in the 21
Century have adapted to their ever changing lives in order to create a project where they compare the changes they have studied among a Native American tribe of their choice. The curriculum will be developed for a 10
Grade United States History class, with the ability to be modified to fit the needs of other grade levels as well as students within a 10
Grade United States history class.