Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprintâ„¢
Our Traditional Way of Life is Our Reality
NDNAEU 1 “Sacred Relatives”, NDNAEU 2 “Learning & Storytelling”, NDNAEU 3 “Sharing & Generosity”, NDNAEU 4 “Sense of Humor”, NDNAEU 5 “Tribal Policies, Treaties and Sovereignty”, NDNAEU 6 “Native Contributions”, NDNAEU 7 “Native Identity”
Compelling QuestionWhat is the difference between religion and way of life?
Standards and Practices2.2.5 Evaluate the contributions that the target language and culture make to our society and the world (e.g., medicine, technology, arts, family traditions). 
Staging the QuestionWhy do Native Americans call their religion culture?
Supporting Question 1 Supporting Question 2 Supporting Question 3 
What is Native American Ways of Life?How is Native American Culture different from most other dominant religions of the world?Why is there a separation of church and state for public school districts?
Formative Performance TaskFormative Performance TaskFormative Performance Task
Students will work in small groups to create a collage of information to support the question above.Students will explain why Native people consider their regular traditional living part of their culture and would like religious practices for other people.Students will research the law and create discussion points for the class on the subject of the question above.
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Native American Culture

10 pieces of Native American Wisdom
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: Supported Claim (written/spoken) or Demonstration of Process (project-based)Students will create a reference book for the library of Native Culture and Native Ways of Life.
SUMMATIVE PERFORMANCE TASK: ExtensionInvite a Native elder to speak to the class about culture and Native ways of life.
Taking Informed Action / Real World ApplicationStudents will celebrate the culture of the classroom and school by putting up cultural descriptions of all races represented in the school.

Disclaimer: Educators are encouraged to use these lessons as a guide, especially when it comes to capturing standards and required content for their instructional disciplines. Adapt, synthesize, abbreviate, and incorporate are just some of the encouraging words to educators to USE any of the NDNAEU lessons to make them their own.
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