Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Lesson 7 - Writing - 2 Days


Research an Indigenous nation or tribe in your area. Create a report that shows how the Indigenous population has changed over time.

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Research an Indigenous nation or tribe in your area. In your report make sure to answer the following questions. 

  • How has the Indigenous population and land changed over time? Include any necessary maps and charts. 
  • What major factors or events led to the decline in the Indigenous population? 
  • What are some of the important values and traditions of the Indigenous populations in your region? 

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Key Questions


  • What were the major tribes and nations in your region before 1600, from 1600 to 1900, and from 1900 until now? Create a map that shows how their land has changed. Create a chart to show how population has changed.

  • What major factors or events led to the decline in population?

  • Describe the modern culture of the Indigenous populations in your region.  What values and traditions are important to the tribe. What type of government does the tribe have?

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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.

  • W.3.2 — Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

  • W.3.2.a — Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

  • W.3.2.b — Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

  • W.3.2.c — Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

  • W.3.2.d — Provide a concluding statement or section.

  • W.3.7 — Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

  • W.3.8 — Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.

Spiral Standards