So You Want To Talk About Race – A Book ReviewJanuary 20, 2018
~ Eagle Song ~
Author Joseph Bruchac
Recommended grade levels 2nd and up
Eagle Song Summary
Danny's family has left the Mohawk reservation and moved to Brooklyn where his father works building skyscrapers. Danny is made fun of in school for being an Indian and must find the courage to stand up for himself. Helped by his father, he learns about his historical and cultural heritage and then shares this with his schoolmates.
Eagle Song is a short, but powerful chapter book for young readers that depicts contemporary Native American life in a way students can understand and identify with.
Eagle Song Guiding Questions/Activities
- Have you ever moved? How did it make you feel?
- Have you ever been made fun of because of the way you look or because of your culture?
- What do you know about Native Americans in New York State?
- How did Danny's father help him?
- Why is it important to know about your family and cultural heritage?
- What did you learn about Native American life?
About the Author
Joseph Bruchac is of Native American descent and has written numerous books for children and young adults.
Visit Joseph Bruchac's website at http://www.josephbruchac.com
Heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac
Warriors by Joseph Bruchac
- Research your family ethnic background and make a scrapbook or give a presentation to your class.
- Read about the Mohawk ironworkers: The Mohawks Who Built Manhattan
- View artwork done in honor of the ironworkers at the Iroquois Museum
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