Mission US immerses students in U.S. history through interactive role-playing experiences. In A Cheyenne Odyssey, students take on the role of Little Fox, a Northern Cheyenne boy whose life is changed by the encroachment of white settlers, railroads, and military expeditions in the 1860s and 1870s. As buffalo diminish and the U.S. expands westward, players experience the Cheyenne’s persistence through conflict and national transformation. During game play, students must regularly decide on various actions to take. A Cheyenne Odyssey contains a significant amount of informational text, so we recommend educators play through the interactive all the way through to gauge for both grade level appropriateness and the time it will take their students to finish.
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-9, students will use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore how the lives of the Cheyenne American Indian tribe changed over time. Students will explore daily life before the reservation period and learn how violent conflict broke out between the Plains Indians and the U.S. government in the 1860s and 1870s. They will also explore the strategies that the Plains Indians used to survive and adapt to the expansion of the United States. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »