“Retelling Aleut myths” is a lesson plan (LP) that I believe embodies the culturally responsive curriculum bullet B, specifically the followin part:
B. A culturally-responsive curriculum recognizes cultural knowledge as part of a living and constantly adapting system that is grounded in the past, but continues to grow through the present and into the future.
1. Recognizes the contemporary validity of much of the traditional cultural knowledge, values and beliefs, and grounds students learning the principles and practices associated with that knowledge;
The LP requires students to interpret Aleut myth and deconstruct its deeper meaning. Through discussion, students will analyze questions posed to them and integrate new knowledge from their deep reflection. I believe through this discussion students will come to recognize the value and validity of the “traditional cultural knowledge and beliefs”. I would go so far as to say they will correlate that knowledge with their current principles and practice, linking in their mind that cultures are a living thing. They do not just live in the past, but they effect us today in the present and have implications for the future.
Students will formulate and create their own “Myths” that recognize similar principles from the traditional myths, but that is set in their own vision. They will then role-play and act out student’s skits, thereby demonstrating their take of the chosen myth. This activity integrates storytelling, which I believe is an important skill, especially within the Social Studies realm. Everyone has a perspective in history, and for students, I hope to expose them to as many culture’s stories/history’s as possible. More exposure = more knowledge to gain a well rounded experience.