Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Lesson 11

Objective

Explain why being a Code Talker required both intelligence and bravery. 

Readings and Materials

  • Website: Native Words, Native Warriors by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian  — Code Talking

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Target Task

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Writing Prompt

Why did Chester need both intelligence and bravery to be a Code Talker?

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Key Questions

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  • What is the main idea of the section “American Indian Warrior Tradition?” 

  • What is the main idea of the section “Recruitment and Training?” 

  • How were tribal languages used to convey messages? Give a specific example. 

  • How were messages sent? 

  • What memories do the Code Talkers have of the war? Why? 

Vocabulary

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endured     (v.)

to put up with something difficult for a while

transmit     (v.)

to give or pass from one person to another

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Common Core Standards

  • RI.3.2 — Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • 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).

Spiral Standards

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L.3.4

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RI.3.1

RI.3.10

RI.3.4

SL.3.1

W.3.10