1 Class Period
Students will decode a message and view segments from The Warrior Tradition. They will learn about the role of the code talkers during World War II and discover how a Native language served as an unbreakable “secret” code and weapon against the enemies.
- Image of Native Americans and Stereotypes (approximately 18 ½ minutes)
The Warrior Tradition
Image of Native Americans and Stereotypes
Discover the diversity of Native American culture and how they have dealt with stereotypes
Students will be able to:
- Understand the role of the code talker during World War II.
- Discover how a Native language served as an unbreakable “secret” code and weapon against the enemies.
- The teacher will begin by telling the students:
- “I have a secret message about today’s lesson. You will use the key to decode the secret message. When you have solved the message please stand by your desk. Remember it’s a secret, so don’t tell what it is until I call on someone.”
- The teacher will distribute the Code Talkers Worksheet and read the directions aloud with the students to check for understanding of task.
- When all students have completed the Code Talkers Worksheet, the teacher will split the class into 3-4 groups and explain the next task:
- “I will give each group different color sticky notes.We will watch a segment from the program The Warrior Tradition. You will write notes about what a Code Talker did during World War II – one idea per sticky note.After we finish watching the segment, I will call you up by groups to place your sticky notes on the board.”
- The teacher will read aloud what the students captured on the sticky notes.
- The teacher will fill in any missing information for the students about the Code Talkers’ role during World War II.
- The teacher will explain:
- "At the end of class today you will complete an exit ticket.You will list 3 things you learned about Code Talkers from today’s lesson.List one thing you didn’t understand.List anything you would like to know more about.”
- Students will turn in a Code Talkers Worksheet.
- Groups of students will participate in the sticky note activity.
- Students will turn in an exit ticket.
Extension Activities (optional)
- Students can write a coded message of their own.
- Students can further explore the items from their exit tickets:
- List one thing you didn’t understand.
- List anything you would like to know more about.
- Have students select one of the following “Did You Know” topics to explore more on their own and write a few paragraphs on what they discover:
- Did you know other tribes also were Code Talkers during WWII?
- Did you know The Navajo Code Talkers developed their own code dictionary? This dictionary was kept secret for many years and was only made public in 1968.
- Did you know Navajo and other Native languages are still spoken today?
National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies – Thematic Strands
- Individuals, Groups & Institutions
- Global Connections