This card sort is designed to help students studying Native American beliefs. This activity is suitable to the full range of abilities as a starter, plenary or revision activity. It could also be used as a homework activity to help consolidate learning and should work alongside any main stream resource on the American West.
When you purchase the resource, you will be able to download a single page Microsoft Office Word document, which can be edited and further customised if necessary. The resource includes leaning objective, instructions, four headings cards including circles, spirits, farming and mining as well as fourteen statements summarising key Native American beliefs. Once the cards have been cut out, students are expected to sort through the statements and match them to the correct headings.
In order to introduce some discussion and debate, we have deliberately included several statements that could easily be applied to several headings. Hopefully these should provide some extension for the higher ability students.
The aims and objectives of this lesson are:
Theme: What was the American West?
Know: What did Native Americans believe?
Understand: How were these ideas linked to circles, land and the 'Spirit World.'
Analyse: begin to compare these ideas and work out which ones could possibly conflict with European beliefs?
Identify: What were the key Native American beliefs?
Describe: What native Americans believed by matching the cards successfully?
Explain: How the beliefs were matched to their ideas on circles, the Spirit World and land.
Analyse: Begin to form a judgement on why Native American beliefs came into conflict with those of the European settlers?
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