Native American Storytelling
In this lesson, students will work in groups to research and present a Native American legend using a format of their choice: a multimedia presentation, another visual presentation, or a theatrical performance. Students will then individually write their own legends based upon their research.
4 - 5
5 class periods
Language Arts, History
From the National Standards for the English Language Arts
Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g.,
conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of
audiences and for different purposes.
Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries,
databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and
to create and communicate knowledge.
Students will be able to:
Develop an awareness of the history of Native American storytelling.
Work cooperatively as a group to present a Native American legend to the class.
Write their own fictional legend, based upon their research of Native American legends.
This lesson was designed by Pia Matoto.