(This is the abstract for Ella Inglebret’s teaching unit, “Honoring Tribal Legacies in Telling the Lewis and Clark Story.”)
This six-week teaching (curriculum unit) will take students on a journey through five thematic episodes.
- “Perspective: Changing the Way the Story is Told” introduces the concept of perspective and provides students with opportunities to compare and contrast perspectives communicated through symbols and written texts associated with the Lewis and Clark expedition.
- “Place: Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail” involves students in exploring various ways in which the Trail, as a place, can be experienced.
- “Multiliteracies: A New Way of Thinking about the Story” introduces students to diverse forms of literacy and involves them in applying a multiliteracies framework to materials associated with the Lewis and Clark story.
- “Place-Based Multiliteracies: Experiencing the Story in Multiple Ways” brings students together in small research teams to examine the Lewis and Clark story through a variety of text forms made available in learning centers. In addition, a field trip to a nearby tribal museum, center, or park is arranged.
- “Culminating Project: Becoming Part of the Story” provides student teams with the opportunity to design a new symbol for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail that is inclusive of both tribal and non-tribal perspectives. As a final step, the student teams compose an informational text and a persuasive letter that advocate for the adoption of their new symbol.