Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Lesson 4

Essential Task

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Explain what the People realized at the end of the story and what they told others. 

Readings and Materials

  • Book: The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz  pp. 21 – 28

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What did the People realize at the end of the story? What did they tell others? 

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Key Questions


  • What did the People continue to tell their children and each other? 

  • How did the People continue to speak about their beliefs? Who did they speak to?

  • What were the words of the elder People?

  • What did the People realize at the end of the story? What did they tell others? 



heritage     (n.)

the traditions, achievements, and beliefs that are part of the history of a group or nation

elder     (n.)

a person who has authority because of age and experience

humanity     (n.)

all people

endured     (v.)

to put up with something difficult for a while

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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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