Lesson 1: 574 Native American Tribes: Where are they in history textbooks?

This lesson is designed to be used in middle school and high school classrooms and should take approximately 55 minutes to teach. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the discrepancy between the Native American history presented in U.S. History textbooks and the reality of Native American existence, as textbooks often exclude Native Americans from more modern contexts (post-1900), making it appear that Native Americans no longer exist. By analyzing their history textbooks and researching Native Americans today, students will have the opportunity to observe this discrepancy firsthand and then be able to engage in conversation about why this discrepancy exists. Students should end the lesson understanding that even though Native Americans are often excluded from history textbooks, they still exist and have a rich history and culture. At the end of this lesson, students will contemplate why history textbooks and their authors represent Native Americans in this way, which is a question that students will continue to examine as the unit progresses.

Lesson 1: 574 Native American Tribes: Where are they in history textbooks?