Before You Begin CC Cycle 3, Don't Forget the Native Americans

If American history began when Columbus "found" the continent, then British history began when I "discovered" England as I studied abroad. :)
I hope you'll research Joseph Bruchac and S.D. Nelson at your local library. For older readers, I would check out Louise Erdrich. The Birchbark House is a nice counterpoint to The Little House books from the Native American perspective. This book has two sequels - The Porcupine Year and The Game of Silence.
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 The most famous YA Native American title is Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, a National Book Award recipient. If I know CC parents, you'll want to preview this before your 12 year-old reads it. There is some profanity, but the story of a preteen struggling with the suffocating life on the reservation and using art as an outlet is beautiful. The book is painfully funny, and the illustrations make it accessible for reluctant readers. I will leave this choice to the maturity of your child and your discretion.
I hope these titles have been helpful. A lot of CC websites list tons of books by week, but I tried to narrow my focus into digestible reviews. Remember these books could also be used when you study Native Americans every year in your Timeline study. Pick up a few from the library, and make them available to your kids during that week.
In addition to books, I would strongly encourage you to search for Native American sites and, more importantly, people in your area. Learn about the tribes who used to live in your area. Where did they go? Were they forcibly removed on the Trail of Tears? Try searching for books about that tribe on Even if the best you can do is a section in your history museum, go for it.

Of course, Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood has some great suggestions, PDFs, and videos. It always comes back to Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, doesn't it? My favorite she posted is Scholastic's Map of North American Indian Tribes. Map work is one of the best attributes of CC. This would be an interesting way to research tribes while working on geography skills.
Some elementary lesson plans about tribes in Utah, New Mexico, and Washington from Scholastic.
Here are some middle and high school lesson plans from the Library of Congress.

Do you have any good Native American resources to share? Particularly for the middle and upper grades?

This post is part of Living and Learning at Home's Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #121.

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