Native People of Southeastern New England

With a focus on Narragansett and Wampanoag, students will learn how the early people of what is now New England lived and used the resources available in their environment.  Students investigate cultural differences between the English settlers and the Native people, and will understand how Native people adapted to a changing society through time.  Participants will learn how the Native People of Southeastern New England continue to celebrate their heritage using a modern-day social dance as an example.

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Educational Standards

Common Core

Teachers needing to meet standards will find that Native People of Southeastern New England addresses Common Core ELA standards by teaching students how to act like historians, use cultural objects as primary resources, “read” cultural objects, and use academic vocabulary.  Exposure to this program will also help students “come to understand other perspectives and cultures.”*  Reading, writing, and listening exercises included in the Beyond Thanksgiving curriculum packet cover additional Common Core standards.  

* Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, page 7

Additional Rhode Island Standards

Civics & Government: Standards C&G 5(7-8)-1; C&G 5(K-8)-2
Historical Perspectives: Standards HP 1(K-8)-1; HP 2(K-8)-1; HP 2(3-8)-2; HP 2(K-8)-3; HP 3(3-8)-1; HP 3(K-8)-2
Dance: Standards D 2(K-8)-1
Music: Standards M 2(K-8)-1; M 2(5-6)-2

Massachusetts Standards

Social Science (Gr. 3): 3.2; (Gr. 4) 4.15A
Economics (Gr. 4): 6&7, 4.11, 4.15E; (Gr. 5): 5.6
Arts (K-4): Dance: 1.3, 1.6, 1.7, 4.1, 5.1
Science and Technology (K-2): Life Sciences: 1, 6, 8; Technology/Engineering: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2
Science and Technology (3-5): Life Sciences: 8 & 10; Technology/Engineering: 2.1