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Native Americans: A Visual Exploration

Annick Press 2013. 48 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781554514854 (hardcover)
9781554514847 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 970
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, point of view, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Abundant use of infographics provides an excellent entry point into the broad topic of Native American history and culture. Organized in six chapters such as “Origins,” “Plants and Animals” and “Culture,” the book offers brief summaries in simple, fluid language. “What do they speak? The indigenous languages of North America are incredibly diverse: there are more languages spoken by Native Americans in California alone, than in all of Europe.”

Most of the space is given over to illustrations and infographics that provide chart and map information, quantities/proportions, word maps, diagrams, timelines and more. This book is wonderful for exploring all sorts of visual learning just as it is a good step to understanding the rich complexities among the cultures of America’s first peoples. The sections “Who are they today?” and “How do they make an impact?” convey how these cultures continue to play a critical role in society.

The introduction by a member of the Nlaka’Pamux First Nation in British Columbia contextualizes the book’s material. An index, suggestions for further research and a selected bibliography are also included. This book is a valuable addition to any library on North American history, social sciences and data mapping.

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    Read the table of contents and introduction. Discuss the organization of information and the effectiveness of presenting information in infographics.

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    The introduction refers to the use of a wide variety of resources used by the author. How might indigenous people or Europeans describe the events differently?

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    Choose one of the tribes for additional research. Create an infographic page to highlight information about this tribe.

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    Produce a news broadcast about one of the topics, incorporating facts from the text and referring to the infographics.

  •  Information is presented in different forms (graphs, tables, infographics) and through different modes (text, illustrations). Select a double-page spread and consider ways to read the text and graphics.
  •  Select a topic and discuss the information presented in the infographics. Consider both the content and the way it is presented.
  •  Choose a topic/issue and, using the information from the text, write a report. Share it with peers and adults in a written blog post or orally in a vlog.
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    Discuss the meaning of the subtitle: “a visual exploration.” Confirm by reading the back cover. Explore the table of contents. What do you already know about each section?

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    Choose one aspect of the Native American lifestyle. Compare it to your own and use an infographic to share your results.

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    Explore your own lifestyle using the same topical categories as the book. Use infographics to show the results for your group. Write legends to describe your findings.

  •  Before reading, discuss the book cover. What do you think “a visual exploration” means?
  •  Observe a teacher-selected two-page spread. Explain to a partner what information you gained just by looking at the infographics. Check your understanding with the whole class and practise with several more spreads.
  •  Using the topics in the table of contents, create a poster-size infographic timeline of First Nations peoples in North America. Use other books and resources as well.
  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Media Literacy
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Personal Development
  • Social Sciences