Dogsong Elementary Social Studies
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BSSD Standards Addressed
SS.4A.08 Interviews leaders in the local and tribal community.
SS.4A.14 Identifies geographical regions and features of Alaska. (see also CA 4.5)
SS.4A.03 Compares and contrasts differing sets of ideas, values, personalities, behaviors, and institutions.
TE.03.08 Student participates in a teacher led demonstration or project using video and photos in both a multimedia editing software and presentation software.
TE.03.09 Student participates in a teacher led demonstration or project using video and photos in both a multimedia editing software and presentation software.
Three weeks of class time (1 hour per day)
Students will strengthen their comparing and contrasting skills by comparing Alaska in the early 1900s and the late 1900s.
Students will learn how to ask questions and interview a person to find out historical information.
Before beginning the book and your study of Alaska show Alaska's location to students. Many students have misconceptions about Alaska's location because it is usually shown off to the side of the map. The GoogleEarth image below shows students the location of Alaska on the globe.
Next, introduce students to the geography of Alaska and the Native cultures of Alaska.
Explain to students that "Alaska's Native people are divided into eleven distinct cultures, speaking eleven different languages and twenty-two different dialects. In order to tell the stories of this diverse population, the Alaska Native Heritage Center is organized based on five culture groupings, which draw upon cultural similarities or geographic proximity."(source: alaskanative.net) Students do not need an in depth understanding of each culture to comprehend the book, but it is important that students know that Alaska has many different cultures.