Native Literature

Essential Questions & Enduring Understandings

*These resources are primarily for Grades 6-12. If you are looking for Elementary resources, they are on the Elementary page. 

  • What are the characteristics of indigenous heroes?

  • What is the value of studying Native Literature? Do the texts we’ve read this year reflect and/ or shape my identity?

  • How have I grown as a reader and writer over the course of the year?

  • What is Native Literature?

  • How does figurative Language improve my understanding of Native Literature?

  • What is the purpose of reading, writing and speaking Native Literature?

  • How does Native Literature enrich my culture (reflection through story, poetry, memoir and song, or other creative projects (aka demonstrations))?

  • How is rhetoric connected to intellectually responsible civic engagement?

  • How can the pen be mightier than the sword?

  • What is rhetoric and how do I recognize and use it?

  • How do I create a solid argument (oral or written)?

  • How do I show students that argument and rhetoric is something that they’re already participate in?

  • How can I have them create arguments for ideas and events they care  about?

  • How do I analyze and create literature?

  • How can I create movement in literary and rigorous environment?

  • What does it mean to be a Native American Literature scholar?

  • How should technology be used to study Native Literature?

Example School UbDs
Yearlong, Unit, and Lesson Plans

Sarah Caldwell (formerly Native Lit, current NACA Elementary Literacy Specialist),  shares her story and about how a teachers' perspective influences how s/he works with students.

Books, Websites, and Other Resources

Kat Page (9th Native Lit), NACA shares her story and about how a teachers' perspective influences how s/he works with students.

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Questions, Comments, or Ideas?​

Contact Valerie Siow