After nearly a century of advocacy, National American Indian Heritage Month was first recognized through joint resolution by Congress in 1990. Now recognized annually, November is a time to learn more about the history and heritage of Native American peoples.
Explore the Native American Indian Heritage Month in the classroom with lesson plans, classroom activities, related websites, and additional resources on the ReadWriteThink calendar.
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From the Calendar
- November 1: November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Students explore Native American heritage through the study of pourquoi tales, write their own original pourquoi tales, and use the ReadWriteThink Printing Press to publish them. (For grades 3–12)
- November 1: Celebrate National Family Literacy Day! Parents, grandparents, and other family members are invited to the classroom for a family-school reading day. (For grades K–12)
- November 3: Stellaluna author Janell Cannon was born in 1957. After reading Stellaluna, students discuss themes in the story and do a unit on bats or a creative writing activity based on the book. (For grades 1–5)
- November 5: Susan B. Anthony voted on this date in 1872, leading to her arrest. After assigning special privileges to an arbitrarily designated group, students write about how they felt during the simulation and consider what they might be willing to do to change an unjust law. (For grades 5–12)
- November 6: James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, was born in 1861. Students look at Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball and write about the rules and how they have changed in small groups. (For grades 5–8)
- November 8: In 1847, Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was born. Students brainstorm the superstitions they know and small groups research one of the superstitions to determine its origin and meaning or purpose. Students can write about the superstition using the Mystery Cube interactive. (For grades 5–12)
- November 9: Kristallnacht occurred in 1938. To help understand the thinking of German leaders during the Holocaust, students write about a time when they failed to come to the assistance of someone who needed help. (For grades 9–12)
- Later this month, find lesson plans and activities on Mickey Mouse, the Gettysburg Address, Shel Silverstein, and more!
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