Activity Overview

There are many books related to Native Americans of the Plateau 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. Using Storyboard That, students can create a plot summary of the book using visuals and descriptions.

The example used is one of the Kaya of the Nez Perce books by Janet Shaw. Written for the American Girl Doll company in collaboration with Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) tribal elders, educators, and historians, the stories aim to be an accurate portrayal of the Nez Perce people and their culture in the 1700s.

Here are some additional examples of literature that relate to the Indigenous People of the Plateau:

Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O'Dell is a historical fiction novel appropriate for ages 8-12 about Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce (Nimiipuu) and his daughter, Sound of Running Feet. It describes the battles and final surrender of the Nez Perce to the U.S. Army.

A Kid's Guide to Native American History: More than 50 Activities by Yvonne Wakim Dennis is a great book for introducing many different First Nations cultures to students with activities, games and crafts. It talks about every Native American Cultural Region and also includes features on specific people like Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.

Native American History for Kids: With 21 Activities by Karen Bush Gibson is another comprehensive anthology of Native American history and cultures in all of North American including the Nez Perce and Spokane nations.

Trickster: Native American Tales by Matt Dembicki is a compilation of stories that were contributed by 24 Native American authors and 24 illustrators. They re-tell folk legends from First Nations all over North America.

Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People by Yellowhorn and Lowinger is a book suitable for Grades 4-7 that includes the vast history of First Nations from all of North America from Canada through Mexico and highlights the fortitude and strength of the Indigenous people.

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

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/WHST/6-8/1/B] Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.


(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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