Historians look and listen closely. In this lesson, students will listen to two interviews to gather evidence to answer the mystery question: "What is Native sovereignty and why is it important today?" Students will be introduced to the concept of Native sovereignty by learning about life in the Onondaga Nation today. Then they will consider how land, history, and culture are important parts of sovereignty for all Native nations.
“As a second and third grade teacher for the entirety of my career I had long taught students history through inquiry. Seeing students explore history in this way has been SUCH a joy! Lightbulb moments galore! A teacher’s dream!...unlike lessons I had taught in the past, I didn’t have to find the primary sources. I didn’t have to research them. I didn’t have to write the lesson plan from scratch. I didn’t have to do anything but read the lesson plan… and teach the lesson!”
“I just used the first lesson in the Mapping Unit. It was so great to get students talking about what they noticed and also expand their thinking on how maps have a special purpose to the user.”
"I love that students got to look at REAL court cases! And it was so easy to use!"
"I liked the simplicity of the handouts. Not too much there to be overwhelming--just enough. Simple, clear directions. The photographs of the clues were great for the students to have."
This Mystery is included in the following Private i History Detectives Unit:
What Strategies Did Native Nations Use To Protect Their Sovereignty During the American Revolutionary War?
Other Mysteries in this Unit: