Native American Petroglyphs - Close Read - Compare and Contrast

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SWBAT compare and contrast the close read text "Vernal Area Rock Art" by Byron Loosle and Kelda Wilson with a video clip from a Native American explaining petroglyphs.

Big Idea

We have read "Vernal Area Rock Art" by Byron Loosle, Ph.D. and Kelda Wilson and today we will compare the text to a video clip of a Native American explaining the meaning of petroglyphs.


Video Clip

15 minutes

Yesterday we did a close read on the article "Vernal Area Rock Art" by Byron Loosle and Kelda Wilson.  Today we will watch the following video clip where a Native American tells us the interpretations for some of the pictograph/petroglyph symbols and tells us that these symbols and meanings have been passed down through his tribe.  

After we watch the video clip, we will talk about the fact that this Native American is talking about petroglyphs/pictographs from the Southern Utah area. The article was from the Vernal Area, however there were very opposing views on the interpretations of the rock art symbols. 

Compare and Contrast

15 minutes

After we have discussed the video clip as a class, I will have the students complete a compare and contrast graphic organizer with a partner. They will be comparing and contrasting the video clip and the article we read yesterday.  I assign partners strategically so that my struggling kiddos are partnered up with someone who can help them be successful with the task.

After they have had a chance to complete their compare and contrast graphic organizers, we will discuss as a class some of the ideas they were able to come up with.

In the coming lessons, the students will be writing an opinion paper based on whether they believe the article, that no one really knows the meanings of the rock art, or do they believe the Native American who told about the meanings of the symbols.  The students will need to support their answers will details from the text or video clip.