I WANTED TO BE AN INDIAN
By Jo Radner
Take a moment to think about the most exciting wish you hoped would come true. Now imagine that all of those thrilling dreams were suddenly shattered by startling antics of your ancestors. Experience the heartbreak and the steps taken to move forward from these revelations in this touching story by Jo Radner.
Stories about our ancestors help us to understand who we are. They help us to grow and become who we were meant to be. Encountering troubling revelations about her forebears and their Indian neighbors in colonial New England, Jo asks what it means to tell — and live with — her whole, complex history. Listen as this relatable and engaging true story is recounted.
Classroom Reflections & Activities:
- Provide time for students to research personal ancestral history, and allow them to share stories of their families.
- Hold a class discussion involving little known sad stories of different cultures. Encourage students to share feelings and prior knowledge of the culture..
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