In this lesson, students are given a description of tribal sovereignty and federal recognition specific to the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation. They will also be introduced to characteristics of a trickster tale and then write a short story to activate their prior knowledge of specific words. The whole class will then read "Coyote and Mouse Make Snow," a trickster tale shared by the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation. Students will identify the characters, problems, and solutions within the story by filling out a handout. Possible extensions tie in with the Science Core.
This lesson plan reviews direct and indirect characterizations, which students can use to aid them in writing a character analysis short essay. Students will be introduced to the S.T.E.A.L. method, which they will use to identify a character's traits, motives, and physiological makeup. This resource has been created for secondary levels. This lesson plan can be used to supplement any Literary Element Unit.
"The Greedy Porcupine" is a Northwestern Band of Shoshone tribe tale. According to Shoshone culture, this tale teaches a valuable lesson that everyone should be proud of who he or she is, not envious of others. Everyone should also be grateful for what they have and avoid complaining. Everyone is given special gifts and talents, which should be used appropriately. If talents are misused, they could be taken away.After reading the story students willb identify characters and the lesson or moral of the story. The students will create a character map to aid in comprehension of the story and provide the basis for the discussion in character education, tying in with the moral of the story.