Creature Feature - Using Native American Choctaw Literature

National and Mississippi Academic Standards

Mississippi Language Arts Objectives:

The student will apply strategies and skills to comprehend, respond to, interpret, or evaluate a variety of texts of increasing length, difficulty, and complexity

  •  2a4 Genres - Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biographies, autobiographies, and plays.
  •  2c - The student will evaluate or revise a summary or paraphrase of the events or ideas in one or more literary texts.
  •  2d2 - literary devices (e.g. imagery, exaggeration, dialogue, irony, sarcasm)
  •  2d3 - Sound devices ( e.g. rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance)

The student will express, communicate, evaluate, or exchange ideas effectively

  • 3a1 Planning
  • 3a2 Drafting
  • 3a3 Revising
  • 3a4 Editing
  • 3a5 Publishing/Sharing

The student will compose informational text.

  • 3d1 - Reports
  • 3d5  - poems
  • 3f The student will compose texts in a variety of modes based on inquiry and research.

National academic standards:


Language Arts:

  • NL-ENG.K-12.1 Students will read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States.
  • NL-ENG.K-12.4 Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  • NL-ENG.K-12.5 Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • NL-ENG.K-12.6  Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions, media techniques, figurative language and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.
  • NL-ENG.K12-7 Students gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate their discoveries.
  • NL-ENG.K12-8  Students use a variety of technological and information  resources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

Physical Education:

NPH.K-12.1  Demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms.



NS.5-8.3 Students should develop understanding

  • structure and function in living systems
  • reproduction and heredity
  • regulation and behavior
  • populations and ecosystems
  • diversity and adaptations of organisms

Choctaw Tribal objective:

Students will read and recall Choctaw legends . CC7/8.1B