Students research the concept of indigenous people then write a diamante poem about what theyâ€™ve learned. Both the research and the poem creation are done online.
Students (on own or in whole group work) will:
diamante poem, diamond poem, indigenous people
Energize your next geography or language arts lesson with this online activity for grades 7-12.
This lesson can be completed in a computer lab or with one or more classroom computers. Before beginning the lesson, students should be familiar with basic navigation on the Web and be able to identify essential facts from Web Sites.
Begin the lesson by asking "What is an 'indigenous people'?" Chances are that few (or no) students will be familiar with this term. Explain that although many different cultural groups might live in a particular country -- such as African American, European American, Asian American in the United States -- most are not "indigenous" or originally from the region. Indigenous peoples belong to a group that is native to the country and did not migrate from another country. With that definition in mind, ask students to identify the indigenous people in the United States. Students should answer "Native Americans."
Next, ask students to consider what happens when two cultures come together -- such as occurred when European explorers, and later colonists, came to North America. Explain that indigenous people often are in political, socio-economic, and cultural jeopardy when other cultural groups gain control of their land.
Tell students that they are going to learn more about indigenous people by researching the United Nations' CyberSchoolBus Web site. Then, they are going to write a poem containing key words describing the nature and plight of indigenous people. Lead students through the following steps:
After each student finishes, display the poems or have each student read his or her poem aloud. You might want students to do an Internet search for images to accompany their poems.
Students will be assessed on their:
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.8 Developing Research Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.10 Applying Non-English Perspectives
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
SOCIAL SCIENCES: World History
GRADES 5 - 12
NSS-WH.5-12.1 The Beginnings of Human Society
NSS-WH.5-12.2 Early Civilizations and the Rise of Pastoral Peoples
NSS-WH.5-12.3 Classical Traditions, Major Religions, and Giant Empires
NSS-WH.5-12.4 Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter
NSS-WH.5-12.5 Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000-1500 CE
NSS-WH.5-12.6 Global Expansion and Encounter, 1450-1770
NSS-WH.5-12.7 An Age of Revolutions, 1750-1914
NSS-WH.5-12.8 The 20th Century