Case Study of an Indian Tribe


Texas Studies Texas Geography and Its Indigenous People Case Study of an Indian Tribe
Students create a case study of one of the three tribes of American Indians still living in Texas. First they develop inquiry questions and conduct research to answer them. Then they following the writing process to create a written report. Next they work in small groups to prepare and deliver an oral report. Finally, they evaluate their presentation using a rubric.

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In this experience, students create a case study of one of the three tribes of American Indians still living in Texas. First they develop inquiry questions and conduct research to answer them. Then they following the writing process to create a written report. Next they work in small groups to prepare and deliver an oral report. Finally, they evaluate their presentation using a rubric.

 

Note that the three tribes— Alabama-Coushatta, Kickapoo, and Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo—all arrived after the beginning of European settlement. You may teach this lesson as part of the Geography and Indigenous Peoples unit, or you may wait and teach it together with the closing of the frontiers or even modern Texas.

Each of the following scenes provides teaching strategies for incorporating this experience into an ELAR framework.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 5. Assign each of the small groups one of the three tribes before beginning the lesson.

There is no quiz at the end of the experience. Instead, students will self-evaluate their work using a rubric. The rubric is available in the Student Pack for students to review before they begin work on the presentations.

Estimated duration: The duration will depend on how you choose to teach the ELAR skills addressed in this lesson: inquiry, research, the writing process, and oral presentations. You should break this lesson into multiple sessions. At each stage, give students a time framework for their tasks.

Vocabulary words:

  • formal
  • generate
  • inquiry
  • rehearse
  • enunciation
  • gestures

Objectives

  • Research an Indian tribe remaining in Texas.
  • Prepare a written report and an oral presentation.


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A case study is a detailed examination of a single thing in order to understand a complex matter and to make generalizations. In this lesson, you will learn about some of the Indian tribes that live in Texas to this day. You will prepare a written report and you will make an oral presentation.

Objectives

  • Research an Indian tribe remaining in Texas.
  • Prepare a written report and an oral presentation.


Texas Indian tribes today find ways to keep tribal customs alive while participating in the modern world.


The U.S. federal government publishes a list of officially recognized Indian tribes living in each state. How many recognized tribes do you think are living in Texas today?

A) 0
B) 1
C) 2
D) 3
E) 4
F) 5
G) 6
H) 7
I) 8
J) 9
K) 10

According to the list, there are three tribes in Texas:

  • Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
  • Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas
  • Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo
All three of these tribes arrived in Texas after the beginning of European settlement.


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