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Making Treaties

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Summary

Students will explore the concept of treaties and will use negotiations to resolve a conflict.

Coin Type(s)

  • Dollar

Coin Program(s)

  • Native American $1 Coin

Major Subject Area Connections

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Grades

  • Third grade
  • Fourth grade
  • Fifth grade

Class Time

Sessions: Two
Session Length: 30-45 minutes
Total Length: 46-90 minutes

Groupings

  • Whole group
  • Small groups
  • Individual work

Background Knowledge

Students should have a basic knowledge of:

  • The writing process
  • Native Americans
  • Causes of conflict

Terms and Concepts

  • Quarter
  • Obverse (front)
  • Reverse (back)
  • Native American
  • Treaty
  • Diplomacy
  • Peace
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict
  • Agriculture

Materials

  • 1 overhead projector (optional)
  • 1 overhead transparency (or photocopy) of the "2011 Native American $1 Coin" page
  • Copies of the following:
    • "Brainstorm Boxes" worksheet
    • "A Treaty of Peace" worksheet–
    • "K-W-L Chart" worksheet–
  • Writing materials

Preparations

  • Make copies of the "A Treaty of Peace" worksheet (1 per student)
  • Make an overhead transparency (or photocopy) of the "2011 Native American $1 Coin" page.
  • Make copies of the following:
    • "Brainstorm Boxes" worksheet (1 per student)
    • "A Treaty of Peace" worksheet (1 per student)
    • "K-W-L Chart" worksheet (1 per student)

Worksheets and Files

Lesson plan, worksheet(s), and rubric (if any) at www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/pdf/124.pdf.

Session 1

  1. Describe the Native American $1 Coin Program for background information.
  2. Display the transparency or photocopy of the "2011 Native American $1 Coin" page. Tell the students that "reverse" is another name for the back of a coin, and "obverse" is another name for the front.
  3. Introduce the term "treaty." Tell the students that the image on the coin represents the concept of treaties or alliances between tribes or early governments on the North American continent. Explain the following: Within Native American culture, the ability to make peace was historically as highly prized as leadership in war, and was often conducted by a separate peace chief, who stepped in when the time for the warriors had passed. For centuries, tribes created alliances with each other that spanned hundreds of miles.
  4. Have each student fill out the first two columns of the "K-W-L Chart" worksheet.
  5. Distribute a copy of the "Brainstorm Boxes" worksheet to each student.
  6. Ask the students to share what they think the term "conflict" means and give examples of conflicts. Record the group ideas on chart paper.
  7. After discussing the student ideas, have the students fill out the first box on their “Brainstorm Boxes” worksheet.
  8. Guide the students through a comparison of their definition with the one in the dictionary.
  9. In small groups, have the students discuss what they know about the term “negotiation.” Have them record their thoughts on chart paper and then use the ideas to fill out the second “Brainstorm Boxes” box using “negotiation” as the center.
  10. As a class, compare the group ideas about negotiation with the definition in the dictionary.
  11. In small groups, have the students discuss what they know about the term “treaty.” Have them record their thoughts on chart paper and then use those ideas to fill out the third box on the “Brainstorm Boxes” worksheet with “treaty” at the center.
  12. As a class, compare the small group ideas about “treaties” with the definition in the dictionary.

Session 2

  1. Display the “2011 Native American $1 Coin” overhead transparency. Review with 1. the students the material covered in the previous session. Have a few students share what they wrote in their Brainstorm Boxes.
  2. Introduce the students to the story about the shared classroom. Explain that the students will be listening to a story in which the characters have a conflict and that they will need to think about how negotiating and making agreements could help resolve the conflict. Read the story from the “A Treaty of Peace” worksheet aloud.
  3. Distribute one “A Treaty of Peace” worksheet to each student. After a class brainstorming discussion, ask the students to discuss what the conflict is in the story. Have them break into small groups and number off. Odd numbers will pretend to be in Ms. Todd’s class and even numbers will represent members of Ms. Goodman’s class. As a class, have them negotiate and decide how the class space will be shared so that both classes can agree on the arrangement. Record their agreements and points of conflict on chart paper.
  4. Have each group complete the “A Treaty of Peace” worksheet and list the points that each side agrees to. Then have each student sign the treaty.
  5. Have one member of each group read their completed treaty and briefly describe how they reached an agreement on the points.
  6. Post the treaties around the room.
  7. Have each student complete the last column of the K-W-L worksheet.

Differentiated Learning Options

  • Model the process for students who have difficulty.
  • Provide "Brainstorm Boxes" handouts that have sentence starters filled in.

Enrichments/Extensions

  • Have students write treaties that might help resolve a common problem at school or at home.
  • Have students research treaties with Native American tribes.

Use the students’ class participation, worksheets, and final products to evaluate whether they have met the lesson objectives.

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This lesson plan is not associated with any Common Core Standards.

This lesson plan is not associated with any National Standards.