Plains Indians



1.       Brainstorm ideas of what our culture is like. Where do you go everyday during the week? (Hint: where are you now?) What do you eat for dinner and where did that food come from? Where do you sleep at night? How do you get places? What games do you play or what do you do for fun?  Think about your life and what we have discussed about our community.

2.       Now you may go through the PowerPoint presentation (attached below) that talks about the culture of the Plains Indians. Use the COMPARE and CONTRAST Venn diagram (also attached below) to organize thoughts from what you learn in the PowerPoint. In the outer portions, list ideas that are significant to that individual culture. In the middle, list ideas that are the same in both cultures or how something of the Plains Indiansí culture led to modern Pueblo culture.

3.       Use the links on the Task page to do further research on the Plains Indians and how their culture is the same and different than Pueblo culture. Add this research to your Venn diagram. You may also use books from the library to further your research.

4.       Once you have come up with 8-10 ideas in each part of your Venn diagram, you may start looking for pictures to represent each idea. You may use Google images, Yahoo images, other websites approved by the teacher, magazines, and news papers.  

If you have 1 picture that illustrates transportation for the Plains Indians, make sure you have another picture that illustrates transportation for modern Pueblo.  

It is a good idea to make 3 piles of pictures as you are printing them off and cutting them out. Make 1 pile for the culture of the Plains Indians, 1 pile for modern Pueblo Culture, and 1 pile for the similarities. Try to get 8-10 images per pile.

5.       Now you may start putting together your poster book! Take a large piece of poster board and fold it in half (like a taco!).

6.       Use markers (or type on the computer) to label each part of your poster book with a title. The front cover of the book should be title PLAINS INDIANS. The back cover of the poster book should be titled MODERN PUEBLO. Open the poster book to the inside and label it SIMILARITIES.  If you wish to use different titles, please ask the teacher first. The title should be fairly large and easy to read (donít use a red marker on a red piece of poster board or a yellow marker on a white poster board).

7.       Next, start gluing your pictures on your poster book. Put the pictures that represent the culture of the Plains Indians on the front cover around the PLAINS INDIANS title, the pictures that represent modern Pueblo culture on the back cover around the MODERN PUEBLO title and the pictures that represent similarities on the inside around the SIMILARITIES title.  

As you are gluing each picture down, think to yourself how it illustrates that culture, how it is a similarity of the two cultures or how it shows the culture of the Plains Indians contributed to the culture of modern Pueblo. You may have to explain your pictures to other people that look at your final project!

8.       Now that your poster book is complete, your next step is to write a paragraph. Write a rough draft on lined paper. Include a topic sentence, at least 3 differences between the two cultures, at least 3 similarities or contributions, and a conclusion sentence. Do not just list the similarities and differences, explain them too.

9.       Have a partner read and edit your paragraph.

10.   Write a second draft fixing the errors you and your partner found.

11.   Have the teacher read your paragraph and make any additional corrections.

12.   Type your final draft on the computer. Print it out and display it with your poster book!

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