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Haudenosaunee - The Iroquois Confederacy: Six Nations


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, 4th Grade

Activating Strategy

The teacher will ask the students if they know who the Haudenosaunee are? What are some of the names of the nation of the Haudenosaunee? What is a Chief? What is a Clan Mother?

Key Vocabulary

Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Iroquois Confederacy, Grand Council, Clan, Clan Mother, Chief, Sub Chief, Sachem, Elder Brother, Younger Brother, Runner, Great Law of Peace, Wampum, Onkwehonwe, Faithkeeper, Nation

  • Definitions Worksheet
  • Essential Question

    Who are the Haudenosaunee?
    What is the Iroquois Confederacy?

    Teaching Strategy

    We will talk about the different nations that make up the Iroquois Confederacy.
    We will also talk about the different names of the title holders and what their duties are.
    The students will be given a worksheet to fill in with all the information.

  • Haudenosaunee Worksheet.doc
  • Description

    In this lesson, students will learn about the Haudenosaunee and the Iroquois Confederacy. The students will learn some of the duties of the different title holders.

    Guided Questions

    What are the names of some of the nations that are part of the Iroquois Confederacy?
    Where are they located?
    What are some of the names of the title holders?
    What are the duties of the title holders?

    Summarizing Strategy

    The students will answer questions on the Haudenosaunee.
    The students will ask questions about the Haudenosaunee.
    The students will write on a worksheet the things that they have learned about the Haudenosaunee.

    Author's Comments and Reflections

    This activity takes more than one week to complete.

    Instructional Materials

    Attached documents

  • Haudenosaunee Worksheet.doc
  • Haudenosaunee test.doc
  • Haudenosaunee Test Answer Key.doc
  • Resources

    We will be using a laminated chart titled "Civil Council of The Confederation of the Six Nations"
    Iroquois Culture & Commentary by Doug George-Kanentiio


    Author: Monica Antone-Watson
    Consultant: Lori V. Quigley, Ph.D.
    Supported By: National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York

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