Focus on a local Native American group. Ask students to do some research and lead a class discussion. Older students can focus on land rights issues and the current status of the tribe. If time allows, create a timeline for this group based on their history.
Distribute copies of the insert and ask students to read the description of the Ahkwesáhsne Freedom School and the profiles of students. Ask students to brainstorm the kind of things they would want students from somewhere else to know about them and their school. Working with a partner, ask students to interview each other to build up profiles that they will then share with the rest of the class.
To initiate a discussion about objects in museums—what meanings the objects convey—ask students to bring from home an object or photo with special significance to them or their family. Place all the students' objects and photos anonymously on a table in the classroom. Each student chooses an object, inspects it closely, and makes notes about what he or she thinks it might be, what it is made of, where it came from, and why it might be significant to its owner. Ask each student to read his or her notes aloud. The owners should then identify themselves and tell the stories behind their objects, why they have kept them, and where they keep or display them.