Indigenous Peoples: Then and Now

Lesson 8


Explain what information the author wants readers to understand about Indigenous language and why it is important.

Readings and Materials

  • Website: Native Words, Native Warriors by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian  — Intro and Native Languages

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What key information does the author want readers to understand about Indigenous language and why it is important? Include at least three key details and understandings from the text. 

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Key Questions


  • What job did American Indian Code Talkers have? Why was it important?

  • What does the author mean that language is the “essence of culture”? 

  • In the section “Languages Used in Code Talking,” why does the author include the table and map?

  • What key details does the author share about the Navajo language and the Comanche Language? 



decipher     (v.)

to find the meaning of something that is difficult to read or understand

generation     (n.)

a group of people born and living during the same time

honorably     (adv.)

to do something in a way that shows honesty and goodness

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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.

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