Unit 1 Reflection: Native Americans

Oct. 6, 2014

TCI Chapter 1

In this unit, I learned that Native Americans believed that everything had a spirit, and they respected their surroundings, and that there were cultural regions for the Native Americans, like Northwest Coast, California, Southeast, Great Plains and so on. I learned that the Native Americans ate different food, built different types of houses, and did things differently from each other because of the animals, plants, and climate of each region.

“The most frustrating part of the unit was having to know the cultural regions, because it’s kind of hard to not get it mixed up with the other cultural regions.” I want to add that it was also hard to remember which region used what for their houses, weapons, tools, and clothes, because each region had to adapt to their environment. I thought it was hard to remember each region because each region had different climates which effect how the Native Americans lived.

Mr. Pierce gave me the badge Seneca Silver. I think it accurately describes my learning, and how I transferred it by my short answers in my summative tests. I did learn about the different regions, and explained why I thought that the Southwest was the most resourceful (Part 2 of the assessment, A), but for part B, I didn’t quite understand how the place of a region impacted the culture of the place. I think last year I didn’t do well on my summative assessments in class either.

One learning strategy that didn’t work for me was reading the textbook without taking notes. This didn’t work out, because if I did take notes, I could review them for the test, and it also helps with having it stay in my head. One learning strategy that did work was filling out that A3 piece of paper about the Native American regions, because you reword it (sort of) and it helps you remember each region, and it’s also very good for reviewing for the test.

A learning goal for Unit 2 is to fully understand the essential question (I don’t know it yet) and also understand the unit. I should also read the textbook and take useful notes, especially about something I don’t understand about the unit or the textbook, and I should probably ask and research about words I don’t know.

Seneca Silver Badge: