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UNIT A

Overview—Osage History & Culture

There are four ways to teach these lessons based on how many copies of the book are available for reading.

VIDEOS

  1. JOURNEY OF THE OSAGE – (10 Min.) —Introduction to Osage past and present. Helpful background for other lessons (Credit: St. Louis Art Museum in conjunction with Osage Nation Museum and others).

BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

Meet Christopher book cover
Meet Christopher, book cover

introduction to the osage people: meet christopher - an osage indian boy from oklahoma

Grades 3-12 48 pages Social Studies Language Arts Reading & Writing

Through Guided Reading Questions, students identify key details and engage in personal response to this first-person story of a modern Osage boy who describes his activities and interests, many of which are typical and others which are uniquely Osage, such as annual dances and traditional art forms. Text focuses on Osage culture’s emphasis on family, community, and creating a strong sense of belonging.  Layout is rich with photographs from past and present, and informative sidebars include maps and historical information. Readers learn how the Osage have had to adapt to white culture but are also regaining and preserving many of their traditions. Meet Christopher presents a positive and energetic young person within a dynamic and thriving culture.  Final Assessments - creative writing paragraph interpreting historical photo and vocabulary matching. Extended - Research project.

  1. Meet Christopher Lesson Plan
  2. Meet Christopher Guided reading Qs
  3. Meet Christopher Guided reading Qs KEY
  4. Meet Christopher Vocabulary Qs
  5. Meet Christopher Vocabulary Qs KEY

The Osage book cover
The Osage, book cover

Osage History & Culture Basics: The Osage

Grades 3-12 24 pages Social Studies Language Arts Reading & Writing

Through Guided Reading Questions, students read and respond to this non-fiction omniscient-voice book with its survey of Osage history and culture.  Broad range of topics include food, clothing, language, name, history, oil, government, family, education, traditions, In-Lon-schka & clothing, religion, and games.  Locator map and many large photos.

  1. The Osage Lesson Plan
  2. The Osage Guided reading Qs
  3. The Osage Guided reading Qs KEY
  4. The Osage Vocabulary Qs
  5. The Osage Vocabulary Qs KEY

Frybread for Addie book cover
Frybread for Addie, book cover

frybread for addie: cultural pride & kindness overcome obstacles

Grades 3-7 24 pages Social Studies Language Arts Reading & Writing

Students sharpen reading and literary analysis skills of setting, character, symbol, plot stages, and theme, while reading of a young girl who experiences prejudice at school, but finds strength and comfort at home in the symbols of her Osage culture and strong family traditions.

  1. Frybread for Addie Teachers Guide
  2. Frybread for Addie Guided reading Qs
  3. Frybread for Addie Guided reading Qs KEY
  4. Frybread for Addie Quiz
  5. Frybread for Addie Quiz KEY

Addie be Brave book cover
Addie be Brave, book cover

addie, be brave: honoring traditions of courage & unselfishness

Grades K-2, 3-7 24 pages Social Studies Language Arts Reading & Writing

A young girl matures as she overcomes loneliness for her brother overseas in World War II, and learns of traditions of courage and selflessness in her rich Osage heritage.  With this story of inner conflict, lesson also focuses on literary techniques of setting, plot stages, symbolism, irony, foreshadowing, and theme.

  1. Addie Be Brave General Lesson Plan
  2. Addie Be Brave K-2 Lesson Plan
  3. Addie Be Brave Guided reading Qs
  4. Addie Be Brave Guided reading Qs KEY
  5. Addie Be Brave Quiz
  6. Addie Be Brave Quiz KEY