Lesson Plan Sections

Shana Brown (Yakama), “A Thousand Celilos: Tribal Place Names along the Lewis and Clark Trail,” is a curricular unit that includes five lesson plans.

The five lesson plan themes, descriptions, and preparations of this curricular unit are as follows:

Lesson Plan 1                           

Refining Reading Skills and Understanding the Value of Place Names

Lesson Plan 2 

Comparing Past and Present: Comparing Cultural Practices and Beliefs

Lesson Plan 3

Gathering Data and Determining Author Purpose and Structure: How Cultural Values Impact Places

Lesson Plan 4

Using a Critical Eye to Analyze Source, Draw Conclusions, Make Inferences, and Theorize about Events, People, and/or Ideas

Lesson Plan 5   

Synthesizing Information for Presentation


Preparation to Use This Unit



Students will be conducting their own local historical research. Well ahead of time, make sure that you have enlisted as many community resources as is feasible. Suggestions:

  • Website articles on local history (neighborhoods, economy, historical events, etc.)
  • Video clips on local history
  • Local maps
  • People from the community who can offer primary or secondary documents as well as provide interviews
  • A copy of Lewis and Clark: Through Indian Eyes—Nine Indian Writers on the Legacy of the Expedition, Alvin M. Josephy, Jr., editor

Well ahead of time create your classroom library with plenty of books and articles on local history (the closer to where students live, the better). Make sure students have gone “book shopping” in your library before or shortly after you have launched the unit. This will be their independent reading. This step is important so that they can practice the skills you teach and model with the Celilo Falls materials.


The daily lessons contained in this unit of study below frequently uses a basic “mini-lesson” approach. This means that the direct teaching you will do is limited to no more than 20 minutes so that students have ample time to practice the skill. All lessons provide a tie in to the previous lesson.

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