Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Lesson 1


Explain two to three things the author wants the reader to know and understand about the People. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz  pp. 1 – 6

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What information does the author want the reader to know and understand about the People? Give two to three specific examples.

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Key Questions


  • How did the People come to be?

  • What were the different roles of the People?

  • What did the People trade? How did the People trade? 

  • Why did the People say life was hard? 

  • How do the illustrations help the reader better understand what life was like for the People? 



nation     (n.)

a tribe of Native Americans or a group of Native American tribes that share the same history, traditions, or language

famine     (n.)

a situation in which many people do not have enough food to eat

hardship     (n.)

pain and suffering

granted     (v.)

to agree to do, give, or allow

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.3.3 — Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • RI.3.7 — Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

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