Lesson Plans – Indigenous Peoples

Aboriginals and Early Settlers – Math Component
Source: Development a Global Perspective for Educators
Uses math to introduce human rights through the historical and present impacts of European colonization on native Canadians. Provides a basis for interpreting primary data. Easily adapted to US context.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, math


Acting for Indigenous Rights: Theatre to Change the World

Source: University of Minnesota Human Rights Education Series
Manual with information, plays, and learning activities based on indigenous issues, background information, and learning activities using Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to raise awareness of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: social studies, drama, and language arts


American Indian History

Source:
 Library of Congress
Lessons that cover the American Indian Reservation Controversies and Indian Boarding Schools
Grade Level
: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, US history


Circle of Rights. Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Activism

Source: Circle of Rights: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Activism: A Training Resource
Curriculum Module that provides an introduction to social, economic, and especially cultural rights of Indigenous Peoples with case studies, and resources.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: social studies


Indigenous Peoples

Source: UN Cyberschoolbus
Five-lesson unit Learning activities and case studies to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, environmental studies


Indigenous People: A Human Right to Exist?
Source: American Forum for Global Education, 1993
Defines the concept of an “indigenous people” and locate them in the various world areas.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: geography, social studies, global education


What does Sovereignty Look Like?
Source: Advocates for Human Rights
Lesson plan that is part of the Advocates’ Rights of Indigenous Peoples Toolkit that explores issues like sovereignty and the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the USA.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies


Ironhawk on Death Row
Source: Univ. of Minnesota Human Rights Center, Human Rights Education Topic Book 7
A play that illustrates the racism and inhumanity of the death penalty through the struggles of an Indigenous man. Includes educational resources that use Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to engage participants.
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: social studies, current events


Lewis and Clark: The Unheard Voices

Source: Anti-Defamation League, 2004
Special issue of ADL Curriculum Connections with lesson plans and resources that take an in-depth look at the history of U.S. expansion and Indian policy and present the voices and perspectives of Native Americans on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Grade Level: elementary – high school
Subject Area: geography, social studies, global education


Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Source: HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide
This lesson provides students with an opportunity to evaluate indigenous human rights as proposed by past or current legislation or international agreements. In this specific lesson, students will evaluate the United States government’s American Indian policy of the late 1800’s; however, the lesson can be adapted for any class that addresses indigenous people’s rights or people.
Grade Level: High school
Subject Area: social studies, global education


Water on First Nation Reservations
Source: Development a Global Perspective for Educators
Using a Manitoba First Nations community news story, considers running water and sanitation as a human rights issue. Easily adapted to US context.
Grade Level: middle school
Subject Area: social studies, environmental studies, and language arts