Indian Chiefs Extension Activities
Use these activities to extend the learning about Native American historical leaders.
- Grades: 6–8
About this book
Grade Level Equivalent: 7.9
Lexile Measure: 1030L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Age: Age 11, Age 12, Age 13
Genre: Autobiography and Biography
Subject: Native American History, Historic Figures
After reading, choose from the following activities:
- Choose one of the chiefs you have read about. Then write an argument from that chief's point of view on the best way to deal with the white settlers. Discuss your point of view with another class member who has selected another chief to write about.
- Draw a map that shows the movements of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perces, starting from their home in Wallowa Valley, and ending at the scene of their surrender in the Bear Paw Mountains.
- Imagine that you are Colonel Nelson Miles. Write a letter to the President explaining why you think Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce tribe should be allowed to return to their homeland.
- Read the entire surrender speech of Chief Joseph. Write an essay in which you explain why this speech is considered to be one of the most moving and famous in American history.