ERIC Number: ED235954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Using a Native American Language as a Classroom Teaching Tool: Teaching Shoshoni Poetry.
Crum, Beverly Lorene
Children responded enthusiastically to a program that used Shoshoni poetry songs to teach some concepts about human languages in general. Twelve children (four Caucasian, eight Native American) in grades 1-3 and their parents met for four 1-hour sessions. The lessons focused on the sound, meaning, and word order of the Shoshoni language; Shoshoni poem songs; Shoshoni instruments; and American Indian rituals. Participants studied four specific Shoshoni poems: Furry Wolf, Our Pet Yampa Dog, My Creation, and What Our Mothers Have Prepared. Participants successfully compared the English and Shoshoni alphabets, learned the meanings of the four poetry songs, learned to sing and dance the songs, made drums and necklaces, and held an honor dance and give away for two children. The children readily learned Shoshoni pronunciation and particpated eagerly in the classes, as did many parents. For each poem, the project report includes the Shoshoni poetry, a free English translation, a text analysis, general comments, and the poetry with musical notation. Lesson plans for the four sessions include general goals, behavioral objectives, materials used, procedure, evaluation of the plan, comments on the materials, and a bibliography. The program is applicable to other languages and cultures. (SB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Education, American Indian Languages, American Indian Studies, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Enrichment, Elementary Education, Lesson Plans, Linguistics, Multicultural Education, Multilingual Materials, Parent Participation, Poetry, Program Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Shoshoni (Tribe)
Note: Summary report of Master's Practium, University of Utah.