Oral History Lesson

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Seventh-graders at the junior high school have been learning about the history of the Iroquois Native Americans and recently participated in an oral history lesson on the Iroquois creation myth as part of their social studies curriculum.

Surrounded by a mock campfire and soft music, the students learned from their social studies teachers, who were dressed in Native American attire, about the way stories were passed along by the tribes. The three teachers took turns presenting the interactive story to the students.

Following the presentation, the students were asked about the different symbols in the story and cited specific examples. Back in class, they drew pictures of the characters in the myth and designed their own creation myth scenes.