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Read Kansas! - H-4 A History of American Indian Education

This lesson explores the history of racial and ethnic relations through the lens of American Indian education and the example of Haskell Indian Nations University.  Students will examine primary documents from Haskell to determine how relations between American Indians and the United States government have changed over the years.  The lesson is written for one class session.  An optional research assignment is provided to address additional state education standards and 21st century learning skills. Select each image to see a PDF with the front and back of each card.

H-4 A History of American Indian Education
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H-4 Two Visions of Haskell's Purpose
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H-4 Photographs of Haskell Students
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H-4 Reading Primers Used at Haskell
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H-4 Newspapers and Public Perception
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Lesson plan

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards:

Standard #4: Societies experience continuity and change over time.

  • 4.2: The student will analyze the context of continuity and change and the vehicles of reform, drawing conclusions about past change and potential future change.
  • 4.3: The student will investigate an example of continuity and/or change and connect that continuity and/or change to a contemporary issue.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards:

  • RI. 9-10. 1:  The student cites strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • W. 9-10.4:  The student produces clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grades 9-10.)
  • W. 9-10. 7:  The student conducts short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem, narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • SL.9-10.4: The student presents information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.