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Activity Overview

There are many books related to Native Americans of the California Intermountain Region that can help students to better visualize and understand the people and their rich culture. Some short picture books can be used as a whole class read-alouds where other longer books can be used as longer novel studies. In this activity, students will create a plot summary of a book or folktale that they've read.

The book used for the example is Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Kogan Ray. It is the story of Sarah Winnemucca an activist, author, and educator who was a member of the Northern Paiute tribe of Nevada in the 1800s. She fought for the rights of her people and peace between Native Americans and the white settlers. It is appropriate for students aged 9-13.

Other Books and Stories

The Maidu Indian Myths and Stories of Hanc'ibyjim is a collection of traditional stories from the Maidu people.

Coyote and the Grasshoppers: A Pomo Legend, retold by Gloria Dominic, is the legend of how the Pomo nation overcame drought and starvation with the help of Coyote.

I am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, tells the story of the legendary Shoshoni woman Sacagawea who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition

The People Shall Continue by Simon J. Ortiz is a book that honors Native Americans all over North America. With beautiful illustrations and lyrical prose, it describes beliefs, traditions, and hardships faced by the First Nations of North America.

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Summarize the story in a 3-5 cell storyboard describing the main events in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Student Instructions

  1. Read the story.
  2. Click "Start Assignment".
  3. Create a 3-5 cell storyboard with descriptions and illustrations showing the sequence of major events in the story.

Lesson Plan Reference


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Sequence of Events Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows a sequence of events. Below each cell, type in a description about the importance of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or more cells are out of order.
Cells include images that accurately show events in the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Most images show the events of the story, but some are incorrect.
The images are unclear or do not make sense with the story.
Descriptions match the images and show the change over time.
Descriptions do not always match the images or mention the importance of the event.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.

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