Lesson Idea -Southeast AK
8th Grade Literature Arts
Thematic Comparative Literature
Time frame approx. 2 weeks
The Big Question: How do certain themes in Native Alaskan stories compare across cultures?
What to do: Students will read English translations of Native Alaskan stories and discuss the themes that emerge. Students will then decide what theme they would like to explore further. They will be placed in reading circles based on their chosen theme. Each group will select a story or stories from another culture to further explore their theme.
-Ongoing journal reflections with opportunities for students to respond to one another
-Full class discussions will take place so that we can discuss themes cross culturally.
-Ongoing self-evaluations and group evaluations
AK Native Sources:
Books by Nora and Richard Dauehauer
Haa Tuwanáagu Yís, for Healing Our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory.
Haa Shuká, Our Ancestors: Tlingit Oral Narratives.
Culminating project: Students will create their own stories based on their theme. Stories will be recorded to be presented as a podcast.