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Wheaton, Terry

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B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Literacy and Elementary Education


The study of Native Americans is an integral part of United States history. Typically, this subject has been misrepresented at the elementary level. The purpose of this thesis is to provide a multicultural appreciation for the first North American settlers. The unit provides introductory, developmental, and culminating activities to present the culture of Native Americans creatively and concisely. The materials for this unit come from a variety of sources and combine a hands-on/discovery approach. The format of the unit is based upon a design by James Banks in the book Teaching Strategies for the Social Studies. Major findings of this project include the wealth of material available on this subject and the selectivity required to create an appropriate study. The significance of this thesis is its demonstration of the ability to create a developmentally appropriate study of a multicultural group. The typical Native American focus can be restructured into a unique discovery experience.


Includes bibliographical references.


70 pages (some unnumbered)




Northern Illinois University

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