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Americans: A Dialogue Toolkit for Educators

Americans: A Dialogue Toolkit for Educators provides basic grounding in the practice of dialogue and includes three 60-minute models that educators can use in connection with the Americans exhibition to facilitate dialogue with students. Use this toolkit to facilitate new conversations with and among students about the power of images and words, the challenges of memory, and the relationship between personal and national values.

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grades   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lakota, Wampanoag, Powhatan, Cherokee
Art Education, English Language Arts, Government & Civics, History, Social Studies
Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southeast
Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, Battle of Little Bighorn, Custer, manifest destiny, westward expansion, Jamestown, Powhatan, land loss, John Smith, Cherokee, Removal, Trail of Tears
Essential Understandings More Close

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Hearing and understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives provides an important point of view to the discussion of history and cultures in the Americas. Indian perspectives expand the social, political, and economic dialogue.

4: Individual Development and Identity
Contact with Europeans and Americans disrupted and transformed traditional norms for identity development.

10: Civic Ideals and Practices
As citizens of their tribal nations, American Indians have always had certain rights, privileges, and responsibilities that are tied to cultural values and beliefs and thus vary from culture to culture.