Teacher Process

Stage 1 Established Goals:    


Students will understand that...

Essential Questions:

Students will know...

Students will be able to...


Stage 2 Performance Tasks:

Voyaging Documentary: Students will create and produce a documentary film about Polynesian Migration. Each student will take part in the writing and editing of the script, filming and editing the video, and creation of the props.

Other Evidence:

Student Self-Assessment and Rubric:


Stage 3 Voyaging Documentary Film:

Goal: Your task is to put yourself in the shoes of an ancient Polynesian voyager.

Role: Your job is either a kahuna, captain, storyteller, or navigator. You will need to write a script to share your point of view of the migration and film the different days at sea.

Audience: Your audience is students from the 21st century.

Situation: The context you find yourself in is aboard a Polynesian voyaging canoe, voyaging to an unknown land.

Product, Performance, and Purpose: You will create a documentary film of your migration in order to teach the 21st century students.

Standards and Criteria for Success: Your performance needs to be historically accurate and include props/costumes that accurately fit the period, show considerable work/creativity and add to the theatrical performance.


Unit at a Glance

1.      Hook- Present students with video example of culminating event.

2.      Introduce Essential Question, use KWL chart to determine what students already know about Polynesian migration

3.      Pass out parent letter.

4.      Creation Story. Introduce Hawaiian story of creation (Kumulipo).

5.      Create a word wall for this unit, adding new words as they come up.

Such as: Polynesian triangle, migration, non-instrumental navigation, celestial navigation, astronomy, hula, kapuna, navigator, and captain

6.      Introduce theory of Hawaiians as Native Americans.

7.      Introduce theory of Hawaiians as Polynesians.

8.      Mini lesson on topic of Archeology and importance of finding evidence.

9.      Map reading skills and measuring distance on a map 

10.      Introduce Webquest task and assign students to groups and then assign roles.

11.      What were Polynesians like? Culture (Introduce Hawaiian Values)

12.      What were Polynesians like? Con't.  Hula lesson

13.      Who, What, When, Where , Why Lesson. Cover who, when, where and why.

14.      Give students time to explore webquest websites to find additional information

15.      Teach class protocol chant such as E ho mai and practice each morning.

16.      Historical Witness Journal Writing Lesson

Historical Witness Journal Lesson from writingfix.com

 How to write a Historical witness Journal. Model for students using book series My America: HOPE IN MY HEART: Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book One, 1903

17.      Who, What, When, Where, Why? Lesson continued. Cover What Tools/supplies/plants/animals did they bring with them?

18.      Give students time to explore Webquest websites to find additional information

19.      Begin reading To Find A Way

20.      Historical witness writing time.  Preparing to leave

21.      Finish reading To Find A Way 

22.      Lesson on parts of the canoe 

23.      To Find the Way- Finding Evidence Lesson 

          To Find the Way 2 - Finding Evidence Response Lesson

24.      Finish writing Historical witness writing- Preparing to leave 

25.      Peer editing workshop. Checking for clarity, detail, and addressing all questions.

26.      Finding Hokupa'a and Hokule'a Lesson  

27.      Navigation Simulator

28.      Give students time to research on webquest.

29.      Historical witness writing: First day at sea and peer editing

30.      Webquest time as needed

31.      Historical witness writing: Trouble at sea and peer editing

32.      Webquest time as needed  

33.      Prop making workshop. Allow one student from each group to attend a workshop. Bring in authentic primary resources from the Honolulu Academy of Arts or Bishop Museum. Allow parents to man each station.

34.      Historical witness writing: Finding Land and peer editing

35.      Self-evaluation

36.      Time for final peer editing and final revision

37.      Rehearsal

38.      Video Taping

39.      Self-reflection and group evaluation

40.      Field trip to Bishop Museum

41.      Film festival- Invite people to watch your documentaries!  


Recommended Reading to be Available for the Class Library

The Vision of Mo'ikeha (Ka Moe'uhane O Mo'ikeha) by Nancy Alpert Mower

A Canoe for Uncle Kila (No Kila Ka Wa'a Kaulua) by Stanley Kapepa

The Voyage to Tahiti (Ka Huaka'i i Kahiki) by Nancy Alpert Mower

Hokule'a by Maralyn Blackman

To Find a Way by Susan Nunes

The Island Below the Stars by James Rumford

Eddie Wen Go: The Story of the Upside-Down Canoe by Marion Lyman-Mersereau and Melissa DeSica

The Story of Hula by Carla Golemberg

The Hawaiians of Old by Betty Dunford

My America: HOPE IN MY HEART: Sofia's Ellis Island Diary, Book One, 1903