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UNIT H

THE OSAGE LANGUAGE

  1. Language Unit-Teachers Guide
  2. Osage Cultural Glossary - reference sheet
  3. Osage Orthography Sound Guide - reference sheet

Osage Language Origins

Human Language Families Around the World
Human Language Families Around the World
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students will learn about linguistics as a historical and geographical tool; examine language family trees of English and Osage languages.

  1. Osage Language Origins Factsheet
  2. Osage Language Origins Review Qs
  3. Osage Language Origins Review Qs KEY

Why Save a Language?

Tongue wrapped in barbed wire
Why Save a Language?
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students will read how indigenous languages were lost; then, through quotes from Native Americans, discover five reasons why indigenous languages are important to preserve

  1. Why Save a Language Fact Sheet
  2. Why Save a Language Review Qs
  3. Why Save a Language Review Qs KEY

Developing an Osage Orthography

Osage Orthography Sound Guide
Osage Orthography Sound Guide
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students will follow the fascinating process of inventing a system of writing for a language and its sounds, and the dreams-to-reality story of creating an Osage Orthography.

  1. Developing Osage Orthography Fact Sheet
  2. Developing Osage Orthography Vocab & Review Qs
  3. Developing Osage Orthography Vocab & Review Qs- KEY

Osage Immersion School Today

Osage Immersion Students
Osage Immersion Students
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students define “immersion” and read about the methods and long-term goals of a language immersion school.

  1. Immersion School Fact Sheet
  2. Immersion School Review Qs
  3. Immersion School Review Qs KEY

Fun with Osage Language App

Osage Language Mobile Application
Osage Language Mobile Application
Grades 3-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students download app and experiment with features such as listen & learn, games, self-testing, and cultural recordings.

  1. How-to Lang App Guide & suggested activities

Learn Some Osage

Osage Sound Lesson Example
Osage Sound Lesson Example
Grades 1-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students can complete one or all 10 of the Osage Language Department beginner lessons to learn some Osage on their own; can practice with colorful picture-word flash cards; learn Number Words with Number Word Search.

  1. Beginner Lessons 1-5
  2. Beginner Lessons 6-10
  3. Flash Cards
  4. Number Words Search

Osage Word Poem - Writing Activity

Wah’Kon-Tah: The Osage and the White Man’s Road, by John Joseph Mathews
Wah’Kon-Tah: The Osage and the White Man’s Road, by John Joseph Mathews
Grades 6-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students review cultural importance of indigenous languages, choose word(s) from the Osage Cultural Glossary, and write a poem incorporating aspects of Osage culture and poetic devices such as imagery and figurative language.

  1. Osage Word Poem - Writing Guide & Example (Choose word from Osage Cultural Glossary reference sheet)

Osage Place Names

Osage Lake, Wichita Mountains
Osage Lake, Wichita Mountains
Grades 3-12 Social Studies Language Arts

Students compare geographical place names of the Osage compared to modern place names; then read Reference list of remaining Osage place names today & geographic locations, categorize four types, analyze variations, French & English origins.

  1. Intro-Teachers Guide
  2. Osage Place Names List FS
  3. Osage Place Names Review Qs
  4. Osage Place Names Review Qs KEY