School Improvement in Maryland

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic A. Individuals and Societies Change Over Time

Indicator 2. Compare Native American societies in Maryland before and after European colonization

Objective b. Describe Native American societies indigenous to Maryland after European contact

Father Andrew White, the Jesuit priest who came to Maryland aboard the Ark, describes the Piscataway people in A Brief Relation of the Voyage Unto Maryland, his account of the initial settlement of Maryland written in 1634. Provide students with Father White's description of the physical appearance of the Indians ( sc2221/000017/000005/pdf/pp41-45.pdf — from the bottom of page 42 to the middle of page 43 in this account). Fourth graders should be able to understand most of the language used in the account, but you may choose to facilitate reading by providing students with a version with modernized spelling and sentence construction in addition to the original text. Instruct students to use Father White's description to draw a picture of the Piscataway Indians. After students have completed their drawings and shared their work, show them John White's watercolor image of an Algonquian Indian near present-day North Carolina in paint white_debry_html/white47.html

Have students compare John White's drawing to their own and to Father Andrew White's description. (Note: There is no relation between John White and Andrew White.)

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