Lesson 1 (from The Yankton Reservation 1876 to 1884: Woniya Kin Tinta Kin Piyawanikiye; Wounspe Tokaheya)
The Yankton Reservation 1876 to 1884: Woniya Kin Tinta Kin Piyawanikiye; Wounspe Tokaheya
The first eight years of Gertrude's story takes place on the Yankton Indian reservation in the state of South Dakota. The objective of this lesson is to learn more about the South Dakota that the Sioux Indians knew.
Lead the class in a discussion about what life would have been like for the Indians living on the Yankton reservation in South Dakota. What can the students offer about any previous study they have done about this time period and geography? What are the perceptions of reservation life in South Dakota that may have been altered after having read this book? What did they expect? What surprised them? What do they think about the lives of the Indians after they have viewed it through the eyes of the people who actually lived it? Discuss.
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