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UE: HTY 110HM: Native American History: Assignments

This is a general education course for Saint Leo University

Presentation Project

Presentation Project
Using approved guidelines for conducting simple Internet research, choose one Native American tribe and prepare a Powerpoint or Prezi presentation about the condition of tribal members today:
·         Where did this tribe originate?
·         Where is this tribe now located?
·         Provide a map showing the movement of this tribe from its place of origin to its present location or locations.
·         About how many members of this tribe remain?
·         What are the living conditions of this tribe?
·         If the tribe is not faring well, what specific issues are now affecting this tribe?
·         If the tribe is faring well, what factors have contributed to its success?


1. QEP Critical Thinking Short Essay Assignment
Answer the following questions in paragraph form (2 pages). Consider in your answer the Saint Leo Core Values of Respect, Community, and Responsible Stewardship and discuss how our values affect the decisions we make in society today.
How did European trade goods affect Native Americans’ lives? Was the acquisition of these trade goods worth Native Americans’ changing their lifestyles?
What goods or devices in modern society have we adopted in modern society that have made our lives easier, but have also caused harm to ourselves or to our environment?
2)     Essay: Indian Boarding Schools
The following quotes are from Henry Ward Beecher and Sitting Bull. Read about these men through the links provided in the Interaction section of this module. Then read the following quotes carefully and relate each quote to the mission and activities of the Indian boarding schools. In your answer be sure to discuss how Henry Beecher Stowe and Sitting Bull’s beliefs and life experiences might have prompted them to issue these quotes.
"The common schools are the stomachs of the country in which all people that come to us are assimilated within a generation. When a lion eats an ox, the lion does not become an ox but the ox becomes a lion."
...Henry Ward  Beecher
"If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man  he would have made me so  in the first place.  He put in your heart  certain wishes and plans;  in my heart he put other and different desires.  Each man is good  in the sight of the Great Spirit. 
It is not necessary,  that eagles should be crows." ..Sitting Bull (Teton Sioux)

Guide for Preparing to Write the Indian Boarding Schools Essay

Indian Boarding School Essay Preparation Guide


The Indian Boarding School Essay is due in Module 6. This serves as a guide to help you as you prepare to write this essay.


1. As shown on the grading rubric for this essay, grammar errors (including spelling, wording, sentence structure, etc.) will negatively affect your grade. Therefore it is important that you spell check, grammar check and carefully review your essay prior to submitting it. It is helpful to read the essay out loud so that your ears will catch wording errors and awkward sentences that you might not catch when reading the essay silently. Use Smarthinking (under the course menu) to help you as needed.


2. Carefully read all of the assigned readings for the essay including the textbook and the information about the authors of the quotes.


3. Carefully review the AVP and all of the module materials related to the Indian Boarding Schools.


4.  For this essay you need to think about several things:


   a. Why and how the boarding schools came into existence

   b. The lives of the men who wrote the quotes

   c. What does each quote mean?

   d. And, most importantly, how does each quote relate to what occurred at the boarding schools and how were peoples' lives affected by what occurred at the boarding schools?

  e. The legacy of the boarding schools


5. It might be easier to write the essay if you organize it as follows:



   Paragraph 1:  Introduction -- Provide a brief overview of how and why the boarding schools came into   existence and what the purpose of these institutions. At the end of the paragraph, include a sentence that mentions that there were several well-known critics of the boarding schools and then provide the names of the authors of the 2 quotes around which this essay revolves.


  Paragraph 2:  Explain how the authors' work and life experiences would have influenced their decisions to take a stand against boarding schools. Then Interpret the quotes (explain what they mean.


   Paragraph 3:  Explain how the words in the quote relate directly to the experiences of the children in the boarding schools.

Provide specific examples of the specific things that the children experienced that would have caused the authors of the quotes to write these quotes. The key here is to be specific and provide details that show that you have completed the readings and paid close attention to the module content including the AVP.



  Paragraph 4:  Conclusion -- Provide a brief overview of what you have argued in the essay. For example, you might write, "In conclusion, the Indian Boarding Schools..." or you might write, "What this review of the Indian Boarding Schools shows is..." or you might write, "In closing, the Indian Boarding Schools..." You might discuss the legacy of the boarding schools (were these boarding schools successful? Did they accomplish what they set out to accomplish?) and how this shows that the critics of these schools, like the authors of the quotes, were shown to be correct or incorrect (or a combination of both) based on your interpretation of the readings and the AVP.

Writing & Plagiarism Resources

  1. Tutorial for avoiding plagiarism.


   2. Plagiarism Quiz for Module 6 to be taken prior to writing essay.