Geography Unit 0-1

Geography Unit 0-1

Grade Level:

9, 10, 11, 12

Scope & Sequence:

Contemporary World Issues Geography


The students will be able to understand and analyze the intent of Indian boarding schools in the United States


The students will be able to understand and analyze the role of Indian boarding schools and their impact on Spokane Tribal Lifeways.

Spokane Tribal Values

  • Education
  • Historical trauma to families
  • Home
  • Community
  • Spirituality
  • Family/friends
  • Forgiveness
  • Acceptance


  • Ethnocentrism
  • Eurocentrism
  • Cultural genocide/cleansing
  • Historical trauma
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Doctrine of Discovery
  • Boarding school
  • Industrial/vocational
  • Missionaries
  • Assimilate
  • Social justice
  • Survivance

Lesson Plan

The teacher will:

  • Teacher will read the book Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting to activate student thinking.
  • Introduce vocabulary and definitions – students will make a list with definitions
  • Students will receive a text to mark while reading and discussing. (Rick’s book with gov’t perspective of intent of Boarding Schools)
  • Teacher will facilitate a discussion on the intent of the boarding schools in the late 1800’s
  • Teacher will show a map to outline locations of boarding schools. (focus on NW boarding schools)
  • Teacher will hand out an assignment sheet outlining the End of Unit Culminating Activity (One week’s worth of journal entries, family interview, reenactment, storybook, etc) – Teacher created


  • Student response to quote
  • Exit ticket on vocabulary and concepts


Give students a poem from Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools to analyze and reflect/connect

Materials Needed:

  • Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools
  • Clips from the movie “Education of Little Tree” by Forrest Carter
  • Rabbit Proof Fence, and special feature to add to discussion of historical trauma


Students will receive a quote from text connecting to information just learned about boarding schools. Students will write a response to the quote using knowledge.

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Lesson Assigned To:

  • Social Studies Skills 5.2.1 Creates and uses research questions that are tied to an essential question to focus inquiry an idea, issue, or event.
  • Geo: 3.2.2 Understands and analyzes examples of ethnocentrism.


Common Core Standards

RL.9-10.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Spokane Tribal Standards