Common Core Focus

Native Americans: NYS Modules & NYS History

New titles we have acquired-

100 Native Americans Who Shaped American History (350437)

Bonnie Juettner; Lexile: NONE; multiple books, IJ, 2003

Read about 100 diverse Native-Americans, including: Dekanawida, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy; Sacagawea, Lewis and Clarks's guide; the warrior Cochise; Medal of Freedom winner Annie Dodge Wauneka; author Sherman Alexie, Will Rogers, Jay Silverheels and many more.


Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (350434)

Chief Seattle; Lexile: 740L; multiple books, PI, 1991

"How can you buy the sky? How can you own the rain and the wind?" So begin the moving words attributed to a great American Indian chief--Chief Seattle--over 100 years ago. They are words that eloquently capture the central belief of Native Americans: that this earth and every creature on it is sacred. It is this belief that inspired Susan Jeffers' extraordinary full-color paintings.


Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (350439)

Chief Jake Swamp; Lexile: 1040L; multiple books, PIJ,1995

Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations.


If You Lived With The Iroquois (350440)

Ellen Levine; Lexile: 590L; multiple books, IJ,1999

Detailed, four-color paintings and a question-and-answer text bring to life the traditional life, customs, and everyday world of the Iroquois - one of the most powerful and influential of the Indian nations.


The Iroquois (350436)

Emily Dolbear; Lexile: 850L; multiple books, IJ, 2011

An exploration of the Iroquois Indians, discussing the nation's housing, relationship with settlers, culture, and more.


The Iroquois: The Six Nations Confederacy (350361)

Mary Englar; multiple books, PI, 2003

Looks at the customs, family life, history, government, culture, and daily life of the Iroquois nations of New York and Ontario.


Life in a Longhouse Village (350443)

Bobbie Kalman; Lexile: 1020L; multiple books, IJ, 2001

The people who lived in the northeastern woodlands belonged to many nations and spoke many languages including Iroquoian and Algonkian. Life in a Longhouse Village was a way of life all of the nations shared. Children will learn about the fascinating lifestyle of these hunters and farmers and discover what life was like in a longhouse clan.


Native Americans: The First People of New York (350435)

Kate Schimel and Lynn George; Lexile: 820L; multiple books, PI, 2012

Presents a history of the first peoples of New York, the Algonquin and the Iroquois, and discusses their society and customs.


New York Native Peoples (350444)

Mark Stewart; Lexile: NONE; multiple books, IJ, 2008

This newly revised book contains all kinds of interesting facts about the first people who lived in New York. You will learn about the different Native American tribes that have called New York home and the beliefs and practices that make them unique. And, you will find out where the tribes of New York are located today.


Sequoyah : The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing (350433)

James Rumford; Lexile: AD700L; multiple books, PI, 2004

While walking through a forest of sequoias, a father tells his family the story of the tree's namesake. Sequoyah was a Cherokee man who invented a system of writing for his people. His neighbors feared the symbols he wrote and burned down his home. All of his work was lost, but, still determined, he tried another approach. The Cherokee people finally accepted the written language after Sequoyah taught his six-year-old daughter to read.


The World Before This One: A Novel Told in Legend (350438)

Rafe Martin; Lexile: 590L; multiple books, IJ, 2005

Crow is a Seneca boy, coming of age in a time of war, in a time before stories. Cast out of the Seneca tribe, Crow and his grandmother struggle merely to find enough food to make it through the harsh winter. Then Crow finds a boulder in the woods that startles him by speaking. The Storytelling Stone tells Crow the great legends of the Seneca--tales of the Long Ago Time, when the Sky Women trod the Above World and a child could alter the ways of a people. Crow comes to realize his own power to effect change and his destiny as a Seneca man. But can the Stone be trusted?


New York State Multiple Book Collection (450010)

Lexile: MULTI; kit, I, WHITCOMB ASSOCIATES,

This is a collection of nine different titles covering different aspects of New York State history. The topics covered are New York State Native Americans (Indians, Iroquois)- New York history, Fort Ticonderoga, and The Battle of Saratoga. Titles include: New York State History by Mark Stewart; The Battle of Saratoga by Wendy Vierow; The New York Colony by Bob Italia; Fort Ticonderoga by Charles W. Maynard; The Iroquois of New York by Greg Roza; Iroqois by Richard M. Gaines; New York by Anne Welsbacher; The Iroquois League by Joanne Randolph; Iroquois Indians by Caryn Yacowitz

DVD Titles

Native American MultiMedia Resources

HIAWATHA (021652)

digital video disc, PI, 12 min., WESTON WOODS, 2000

Hiawatha's boyhood is gracefully brought to life against a background of authentic Native American music in this excerpt from Longfellow's classic poem.


GIVING THANKS (021283)

digital video disc, P, 8 min., WESTON WOODS, 1998

Known as the Thanksgiving Address, this Native American good morning message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift, from the moon and the stars to the tiniest blade of grass. Narrated by Chief Jake Swamp in English and in the Mohawk language.


NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE (022478)

digital video disc, PI, 25 min., LIBRARY VIDEO COMPANY, 1994

Irene Bedard, the recognized voice of Disney's Pocahontas, narrates this journey through American history created especially for children. This program includes historical information on life in America before European contact, the true story of Pocahontas, the rich diversity of Native American cultures, Tecumseh and the tragedy of the Trail of Tears, and the modern struggle for Native American identity. Part of the American History for Children DVD Series, providing children with a balanced portrayal of U.S. history. A teacher's guide is included and available online.


EXPLORING OUR PAST: COMPARING THE LIVES OF NATIVE PEOPLE (020569)

digital video disc, PIJ, 20 min., THINKEROO, 2006

This program compares and contrasts the lives of early Native people's of North America. The program focuses on how the geography of the land affect and shaped their lives. Using beautifully recorded reenactment footage, rare archival photos and colorful maps, the life of Native American people will come to life for students. The progra explores, in depth, the Native People of Pacific Northwest, The Eastern Woodlands, the Desert Southwest and the Great Plains. Students will come to understand their different cultures and their respect for nature.


AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS (021684)

digital video disc, IJS, 90 min., AMAZON.COM, 2009

History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story: When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there. America wasn't exactly a "New World," but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals and causeways. But after Columbus set foot in the Americas, an endless wave of explorers, conquistadors and settlers arrived, and with each of their ships came a Noah's Ark of plants, animals—and disease. In the first 100 years of contact, entire civilizations were wiped out and the landscape was changed forever.



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