Core Curriculum - Fifth Grade

American Indian

Only the Names Remain
by Alex W. Bealer, ISBN: 978031685199
It is about the Cherokee.

Remember My Name, (The Trail of Tears)
by Sara H. Banks, ISBN: 0590225006, Scholastic
This book tells the story of Annie Rising Fawn, who leaves her Cherokee grandmother on Star Mountain and goes to live with her uncle, William Blackfeather, and her aunt in a Cherokee town so that she can be educated. Annie soon finds herself caught up in the ATrail of Tears. The reader is kept far enough away from the gore but close enough to feel the tragedy.

The Life and Death of Crazy Horse
by Russell Freedman, ISBN: 0590397311, Scholastic
From interviews and research the true story of the life of Crazy Horse is told. Crazy Horse is one of the most powerful leaders the Cheyenne nation ever had. It not only tells his story but the story of Custer's last stand from the Indian point of view.

Note: Indian point of view.

Indian Sign Language
by Ann McGovern Illustrated by June Otani, ISBN: 0590381938, Scholastic
Since the American Indian tribes spoke many different languages, they developed an extensive sign language to express their ideas. The intertribal language of the American Indian is discussed in this book. Individual signs are pictured and a short narrative is written about each sign. By practicing this sign language students can soon develop great skill in an ancient art that is still used by our American Indians.

An Indian Winter
by Russell Freedman, ISBN: 0590480707, Scholastic
In 1833-34 a German prince and a Swiss artist spent the winter with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota. They viewed Native American life and culture through the eyes of European strangers, yet they were observers who left a vivid picture of the unspoiled western frontier. This is the story of their adventure and the people who befriended them.

Truth Is A Bright Star
by Joan Price, ISBN: 0590132881, Scholastic
Twelve-year-old Loma is one of thirteen Hopi children kidnapped by Spanish soldiers in 1832,taken five hundred miles from their peaceful desert village, and sold into slavery. Bought by Big Jim, a gruff trapper, Loma learns to survive in snow-covered mountains and is forced to confront a harsh way of life that goes against all his beliefs. In this story of courage and determination, one frightened boy pits his will and the wisdom of his people against a foe that threatens to change his life forever.

Thunder Rolling in the Mountains
by Scott O'Dell and Elizabeth Hall, ISBN: 0440408792, A Yearling Book
It is the spring of 1877 when fourteen-year-old Sound of Running Feet, daughter of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, sees white people panning gold in the little creek that feeds the Willows River, and brings word of them to her father. It is the Sound of Running Feet who narrates the story of her tribe's fate. Readers will be involved as she shares with us her respect for her father, her love for handsome Swan Necklace, and her destiny.

Note: Teen age theme of love.

My Heart Is On the Ground, The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl (Dear America)
by Ann Rinaldi, ISBN: 0590149229, Scholastic
This is an excellent book. Written in diary form, this book portrays the difficulties of young Native American children whose tribal and family lifestyles have been taken from them and they must adjust to a new way of life. The story takes place at one of the many Indian schools that sprang up across the country at this time, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This young Sioux girl tells not only of her own challenges but also relates difficulties and achievements of other children at the school. The story is told with frankness, optimism, and tolerance.

Kokopelli's Flute
by Will Hobbs, ISBN: 0380729184, Scholastic
Tepary Jones has always been fascinated by the ancient cliff dwelling called Picture House at Mesa Verde. He wanted to understand the secrets of the Ancient Ones. He gets that chance when he finds an ancient flute. When he blows on the flute he is transformed and becomes part of the Ancient Ones era. It is a story that tells of looting the ancient ruins and how the ancient Indians lived.

Note: Fantasy with a little history.

The Eagles Shadow
by Nora Martin, ISBN: 0439047781, Scholastic
This is a beautifully written story about Kliewer, who is sent to Alaska to live with her relatives she doesn't know, a group of Tlingit Indians. Her mother, a Tlingit, had abandoned them, and her father was being sent overseas for a year. For a 10 year old, this was a frightening experience. The story unfolds as we see Kliewer gradually being accepted by her mother's people. The greatest change, however, is in Kliewer. She begins to accept this new way of life, becomes stronger, and finally embraces the way of these people. Martin does an excellent job weaving the story of Kliewer in with the culture of the Tlingit people. Her expressions were beautifully written. AStanding on the beach, I lifted my face and felt each snowflake that fell out of the darkness like a frozen tear. I decided that while in Tahkeen, I would turn my tears into ice and freeze my sadness inside where no one could thaw it, like the frozen statue I was with my father. Then they wouldn't be able to see how much I was like my mother.

The Light in the Forest
by Conrad Richter, ISBN: 0449704378, Scholastic
John Cameron Butler was born into a frontier family. When he was very young he was taken and adopted by a great Lenni Lenape Indian warrior. He had renamed him and reared him as his son. True Son grew up to think, feel, and fight as an Indian. Now, at fifteen, the Indians had made a treaty and agreed to return all their white captives. True Son was ordered to go back to his real family. This story is about his return to his birth parents and his struggle with living with a white family. He had learned to hate the white man. He hates his new father, his new house and his new family. This story deals with his struggle to figure out where he belongs. He runs away from his white family to return with his Indian family. When the Indians return to attack his hometown his loyalty is tested. The story ends when True Son, is forced to leave his Indian family in order to return to his white family. This is a great story that deals with life on the frontier and the problems between the Indians and White Man.