Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint™
“Native American Names on Maps”
NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhat names on the US Map (Physical and Political) are words from a Native American tribe?
Standards and PracticesWHST.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the
narration of historical events, scientific procedures/
experiments, or technical processes.
a. Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to
b. Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen
facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations,
or other information and examples.
c. Use precise language and domain-specific
vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
d. Provide a concluding statement or section that
follows from and supports the information or
explanation presented.
WH.6_12.4 Analyze the influence of social, cultural, and
economic developments on individuals. ND.6_12.4.1 Identify the Native American groups in
North Dakota before European contact and describe
their culture.
Staging the QuestionHow widespread is the influence of Native American culture and language in today’s map?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
What Native American tribes have no history due to colonization? How did these tribes become non-existent? How do we know that they once did exist?How have Native people helped nonNative people to learn about respect for the land and water?How different has the same land become? Why? What are the changes?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Create questions that show an
understanding of where Native
American Tribes lived. Why was
there migration of such tribes? How
did Mandan, ND (capitol of Morton
County, ND) get its name if there is no
Mandan Tribe?
Identify names of rivers, mountains,
cities, and states that are connected
to the indigenous people of or near
that state.
Draw a political interpretation of the
transition from Native Land to
Current Land; i.e., what New York City
looked like when settled by the
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State Guide of pre-selected states
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SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Have students create a booklet of questions, maps, and drawings that show
an understanding of where and why Native Americans live(d) in today’s
current US map. Identify both political and physical points or Native American
origin. Students will be able to NDNAEU 6 with Debbie Poitra:
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionHave I taken specific actions to care for and show respect to the earth? “I am
not able to understand my past until I am born.” 
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationThe students will be able to summarize the influence of Native American culture on their world
today. Non-Native and Native students will have varying impacts from this lesson
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