The American Indian Experience

From the Series USA TODAY Cultural Mosaic

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Supplemented with quotes and engaging articles from USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, The American Indian Experience shines a spotlight on American Indians and their many exciting contributions to American society. From artists and athletes to religious leaders and chefs, American Indians enrich American life.

Novelists such as Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie offer enlightening and often humorous glimpses into their life experiences and tribal traditions. Super athlete Jim Thorpe excelled in track-and-field as well as numerous other sports, breaking down cultural barriers to earn gold medals in the pentathalon and the decathalon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. SuAnne Big Crow displayed amazing skills as a basketball player for the Lady Thorpes, her South Dakota high school’s team. She became a legend in 1988, when she performed the Lakota Sioux shawl dance on the court in Lead, South Dakota, silencing the crowd who had been shouting anti-American Indian slurs. Buffy Sainte-Marie became one of the nation’s best known folksingers, while actor-musician Floyd Westerman captivated audiences in the groundbreaking 1990 film Dances with Wolves.

Read this informative title to learn more about how American Indians contribute to the United States’ cultural mosaic, enriching our nation with a wide range of traditions, customs, and life experiences.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF018040, JNF053140, JNF052020
Dewey 970.004'97
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Recipes, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Liz Sonneborn

Liz Sonneborn has written more than fifty books for children and adults, including several titles for the North American Indian Nations series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

USA TODAY Cultural Mosaic

Published collaboratively with USA TODAY, one of the most widely read newspapers in the world and the No. 1 newspaper in the United States, this series examines the customs, traditions, experiences, and ways of life of six multicultural View available downloads →


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“These well-written and informative titles highlight the cultural contributions of America’s largest ethnic groups. . . . This series will help students understand how various groups contribute to modern America’s cultural mosaic.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple