Text: Erdrich, L. (2003). Sacagawea. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
Synopsis: Kidnapped from her people as a girl, Sacagawea became an important member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Follow her historic journey from the East to the Pacific coast on the trip that discovered the American West.
Author Information: Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His great-great grandfather, John Carnes, walked the Trail of Tears in 1835, and his paternal grandmother attended a series of rigorous Indian boarding schools in the early 1900's. Responding to a scarcity of Choctaw lore, Tingle began collecting tribal stories in the early 90's.
In 1992, Tingle began mentoring with Choctaw storyteller Charley Jones. He retraced the Trail of Tears to Choctaw homelands in Mississippi and began recording stories of tribal elders. His family experiences and these interviews with fellow Choctaws in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Oklahoma----and surprise encounters with Choctaws as far away as Bethel, Alaska----are the basis of his most important writings.
Interest Level: Grades 3-5
Reading Level: Fifth grade
Classroom Use: Biography Study, Trail of Tears unit; could be used in small groups or as a read aloud
Windows/Doors: This text could be both a mirror and a window to many, since it is more historically based, people of Native American ancestry would learn a bit about their heritage.