October 31, 2012
“Woman Who Fell From the Sky” Lesson Plan
This essay will present a cross-curricular lesson on a Native-American creation story/myth. It will be organized in four parts. These will include a detailed description of the topic, instructional objectives and learner goals, detailed content of the instruction and an art-based extension of the lesson. The lesson will comply with the learning areas of the Social Studies, Language Arts, and the Ethics and Religious Culture programs as per the Quebec Education Plan. It is geared to a Cycle III classroom (Grades 5 and 6). These students may have already looked at some aspects of Native American culture in their Social Studies and/or Language Arts classes from previous grade levels; therefore, this lesson will build upon their current knowledge and add the dimension of faith which may not necessarily have been explored. This faith dimension will be the main focus of the lesson. As it will be taught in an inner-city school setting, the class will have a variety of diverse learners from different socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds. As a result, they will bring varied levels of educational and cultural knowledge to the lesson which will create a rich learning environment for all. This lesson will be part of a larger unit presenting creation or origin stories from a variety of faith traditions. This unit and its lessons will allow students to understand the importance of creation stories and their role in a particular faith or culture. These stories vary by culture and typically reflect the worldview of the people and their natural surroundings, animals and other objects associated with their region. The word myth comes from the Greek word mythos, which simply means “story” and encompasses the meanings of legend, story, speech, word, and thought (Ferguson). A myth is an anonymous, traditional story that explains a belief, a custom, or a mysterious natural...