Positive Effects of Boarding Schools for American Indian Children Paper

1. Begin your exploration of the Boarding School Movement by reading chapter 7 in your textbook, First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History, Fifth edition.

2. Now listen to NPR’s Morning Edition, “American Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many.” Click on the forward button next to the word “Listen,” at the top of the page. Be sure to page through the pictures and transcript from the website as you listen to the broadcast.

3. Now read The Middle Five about five young Indian boys and their boarding school experience: The Middle Five. When you click on the link the book will open as a PDF file. You can save it to your computer and read it offline.

4. Be sure to read the primary source documents from Documents, at the end of chapter 7 in your textbook, First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History.

5. It is clear from your reading that although the Boarding School Movement had some positive aspects, overall it was terribly debilitating for American Indian families. You should refer to everything you have read a listened to when answering the questions for this discussion. In a five-to-seven sentence paragraph, answer the following questions;

What were the positive effects of Boarding Schools for American Indian children? Did the negative aspects of Boarding Schools undermine family unity and tribalism on Indian reservations?


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