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Language of Place: Hopi Place Names, Poetry, Traditional Dance and Song

Educators or mentors of students in grades K-5 interested in high-quality, free teaching material for their social studies or humanities curriculum may enjoy "Language of Place: Hopi Place Names, Poetry, Traditional Dance and Song" from EDSITEment! (featured in the 07-15-2011 Scout Report). This three-part lesson plan pairs primary sources from the Hopi Tribe, "a sovereign nation inhabiting over 1.5 million acres in northeastern Arizona," with creative activities that ask students to apply what they learn about the "language of place" to their own experience. In Lesson One students dig deeper into the meaning of Hopi names for places using maps of the Hopi homeland and then examine the meaning behind place names in their home communities by creating personal maps. In the second lesson, students build on their knowledge of the language of place to "examine literal and figurative language used in Hopi poetry." Finally, Lesson Three focuses on the way traditional songs and dance highlight the key role of the environment in Hopi culture. Each lesson plan includes suggested assessment and extension activities and lists the specific Common Core State Standards satisfied by its contents.
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2020-04-03
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