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Students develop Indian Chief Biographies and Presentations in this lesson


Language Arts, Social Studies  


5, 6  

Title – Indian Chief Biographies
By – Tricia Moskal
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies, Language Arts
Grade Level – 5-6
Title: Indian Chief Biographies
State Goal: 16.A.2b. – Compare different stories about a historical figure or event and analyze differences in the portrayals and perspectives they present.
Narrative: The students will research different Indian chiefs and present their findings to the class. The presentations will be in the form of a biography in which they will need to speak as if they were the Indian chiefs. The students will also compare their Indian chief to a modern day leader. This lesson will take 2 weeks.

Objectives: The students will research an Indian chief and present a biography of that
Indian chief to the class.

The students will compare their Indian chief to a present leader today.

Materials: Books on Indian Chiefs
Pictures of Indian chiefs
Indian clothing (if available)
Examples of biographical literature


1. The teacher will give a mini-lesson on biographies to help them understand how to give their presentations. This will include reading examples of biographies and explaining the writing style that is used.
2. The teacher will give the students background on some of the prominent Indian
chiefs by reading short excerpts of their life.
3. The teacher will show students pictures of Indian chiefs to give them ideas of which they would like to choose.
4. The teacher will direct students on where they can find more information on their Indian chief.

There will be a short class discussion and a journal writing on current leaders to help students relate the beliefs of the Indian chiefs to modern day beliefs.

Assessment: The students will be assessed by the following project assessment form with at least 35 points out of 50.

Project Assessment Form

Student Name ______________________ Grade ___________

Project Title/Description ___________________________

Curriculum Area _____________________________________

Project Start Date _____ Project Complete Date ______

1. How well does the project relate to the subject?
          1            2           3          4           5           NA                              
2. Quality of work: neatness, presentation, etc.
          1          2          3          4          5          NA          

3. How much time and effort went into the project?
          1          2          3          4          5          NA          

4. How well did the students use resources/research?
          1          2          3          4          5          NA

5. Does the project demonstrate progress beyond previous projects?
          1          2          3          4          5          NA

6. Did the student collaborate well with others to get help, receive feedback, or assess work?
          1                              2          3          4          5                    NA

7. How original and creative is the project?
          1          2          3          4          5          NA

8. How accurately did the student assess the project?
          1          2          3          4          5                    NA

9. How well did the student present the project to the class?
          1          2          3          4          5          NA

10. Did the student work well with team members of their cooperative group?
          1          2          3          4          5          NA

Additional Comments:

Total points: _______ out of possible _______ points.
Final Grade/Score: _________

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