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Images of the Past: History Blog During this activity your students will review many blogs entries. Then your students will write a historical blog about an event that took place in your community. Your students will also learn about the career of Jessie Yuill Sundstrom, whose papers, photographs and manuscript collection detail an incredible lifelong commitment to Black Hills history.

Winter Count Lesson Plans (Native American Studies) These lesson plans help students understand winter counts. Winter counts were pictographic historical records used by many Plains Indian Nations to maintain a communal memory and aid the groups' oral historians. Additional winter count resources.

Point of View: First & Third Person During this activity your students will practice writing using first person and third person points of view. They will learn how pronouns like I, me, my, mine, myself, we, us and ours are used to write first person point of view. They will also learn how pronouns like them, they, he, she, his, her, and theirs are used to write the third person point of view.

Things To Do

1. Print out the guided notes and distribute to class.

2. Watch Dakota Pathways Episode #19 and have the students complete the guided notes.

3. Go online and complete the “Activity” (word search) and “Challenge” quiz.
4. Student glossary included.

5. There is a list of related links that would be helpful for student research projects.

6. Print out the crossword puzzle and distribute to class.

7. Class Activity – A Picture is worth a Thousand Words

8. Standards

1. Guided Notes

“Guided Notes” - Student
“Guided Notes” - Teacher 

2. Episode #19

Online Episode of Dakota Pathways

3. Online games

a. Have the students access the main page of Dakota Pathways. A word search activity is found by clicking “Activity”. (Answer key for word search.)

b. Have the students access the main page of Dakota Pathways. The online quiz is found by clicking “Challenge”.

4. Glossary

Have the students access the main page of Dakota Pathways. We have included a student glossary.

5. Links

We have included an extensive list of related sites. We preview each related site looking for adult content. Unfortunately, we cannot find all of the inappropriate material on an individual site. We include links we feel may be of use in the education setting. Each site has individual rights and disclaimers you must be aware of. Please call us Toll Free at 1-800-456-0766 if you find any questionable content and we will remove it. If we have unintentionally linked to your site and we are not allowed to please contact us at 1-800-456-0766 and we will remove the link. Thank you.


6. Crossword Puzzle

The students may use the vocabulary words and definitions for the crossword puzzle if they need help.

Blank Crossword
Solved Crossword

7. Class Activity – A Picture is worth a Thousand Words


The following activity is similar to a standard book report. Each student must select a book to read. The books selected may be fiction, nonfiction, collections of short stories, or poems. The author of the book should be from South Dakotan or the book should be about South Dakota.

The students should read the book and then write a one page synopsis. If a student decides to read a book of short stories or poems then a one page synopsis should be written about one of the stories or poems.

Each student should draw a picture which represents the message conveyed in the book selected. The picture will be copied to an overhead and the rest of the students in the class will guess which book matches each picture. Once the guesses are made then the student who made the drawing will match it with the book they read. Then they will give a short overview of the book and describe their illustration. The rest of the students should be given time to ask questions about the book.


Library access (book selection)
Computer access (type synopsis)
Computer paper
Check sheet (click here)
Copy machine / scanner if available
Blank Overheads
Overhead / computer projector if using a scanner

Note: times may vary depending on your class size


The students should view Dakota Pathways #19: Telling Stories

In class day 1: (50 minutes)

Library access – each student must select a book. More time will be needed if a book is ordered through a loan process.

Home work: (2 weeks)

Each student must read the book they choose and complete a synopsis and illustration. The illustration must be drawn on a standard sheet of copy paper using only a pencil. The drawing must be dark enough so a copy machine or scanner will be able to copy it. The illustrations must be very detailed and neat.

Preparation: (2-3 days)

The illustrations and books should be turned in. An overhead of each should be made. A scanner could be used if your school has one.

In class day 2: (2 – 50 minute periods)

Each student should receive a check sheet. All of the books chosen by the students should be placed in front of the room. The books should be propped up so all of the students can see the name of each book. One by one each illustration will be placed on the overhead. Each illustration will be assigned a number starting with 1, 2, 3 and so forth. The students will use a check sheet to select one of the books for each numbered drawing. All of the illustrations should be shown. All of the books on the check sheet should have a numbered illustration indicated next to it.

Next, all of the illustrations will be shown again in the same order. Each student will stand when their illustration is shown on the overhead. They will go to the front of the room and indicate which book is theirs. All of the students should mark whether or not their guess was correct. Each student will give a short overview of the book and describe their illustration. The other students should be given time to ask questions about the book. The check sheet should be handed in with the synopsis and illustration.


1. 3. trace the history of South Dakota with emphasis on notable South Dakotans such as Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, John B. S. Todd, Fred T. Evans, Laura Ingalls Wilder, James Scotty Philip, Niels E. Hansen, Gertrude (Zitkala-Sa) Bonin, Peter Norbeck, and Francis Case; impact of the gold rush; controversy over statehood; and Indian Wars and reservation life.

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