Haudenosaunee - The Iroquois Confederacy: Six Nations

Grade Levels

4th Grade

Teaching Strategy

We will talk about the different nations that make up the Iroquois Confederacy.
We will also talk about the different names of the title holders and what their duties are.
The students will be given a worksheet to fill in with all the information.
  • Haudenosaunee Worksheet.doc
  • Description

    In this lesson, students will learn about the Haudenosaunee and the Iroquois Confederacy. The students will learn some of the duties of the different title holders.

    Essential Question

    Who are the Haudenosaunee?
    What is the Iroquois Confederacy?

    Key Vocabulary

    Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Iroquois Confederacy, Grand Council, Clan, Clan Mother, Chief, Sub Chief, Sachem, Elder Brother, Younger Brother, Runner, Great Law of Peace, Wampum, Onkwehonwe, Faithkeeper, Nation
  • Definitions Worksheet
  • Activating Strategy

    The teacher will ask the students if they know who the Haudenosaunee are? What are some of the names of the nation of the Haudenosaunee? What is a Chief? What is a Clan Mother?

    Guided Questions

    What are the names of some of the nations that are part of the Iroquois Confederacy?
    Where are they located?
    What are some of the names of the title holders?
    What are the duties of the title holders?

    Summarizing Strategy

    The students will answer questions on the Haudenosaunee.
    The students will ask questions about the Haudenosaunee.
    The students will write on a worksheet the things that they have learned about the Haudenosaunee.

    Author's Comments and Reflections

    This activity takes more than one week to complete.

    Instructional Materials


    We will be using a laminated chart titled "Civil Council of The Confederation of the Six Nations"
    Iroquois Culture & Commentary by Doug George-Kanentiio


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