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Examining Ideology in Historical Narrative Using Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's State Names

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Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This is a lesson concept based on the Jaune Quick-to-See Smiths State Names that is designed for my 11th grade U.S. History course but could be applied to literature or humanities courses as well.  The lesson is intended for an introductory day that uses State Names as an entry point to discussing ideologies  and perspectives in historical narrative, and how the dominant narrative in our history operates to silence or obscure the past.  The intro day will include an excerpt from 'There There' by Tommy Orange, a native novelist who explores similar themes to State Names including historical erasure, genocide, and native identity.  #Saamteach