FC: Multicultural The Navajo Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac Aiden Connor Brian Tanner Evan Heikki
1: Summary of Novel Code Talkers By: Joseph Bruchac In the novel Code Talker, Ned Begay is the main character. When he was just a little kid about 6 years of age, he was forced to go away to school and learn English. He was taught that his native Navajo language was bad . When Ned was in high school, he and his friends heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the radio. They also heard that the military needed Navajos for a special assignment that is top secret. _
2: Ned went to his parents and they said he could join if he waited one more year. Finally Ned was sent off to boot camp where he was taught how how to be a marine. He was also given a very special assignment where the Navajos were asked to use their native language as a secret military code in WWII. He was off to Hawaii where they waited to be deployed. The first place that they went was Guadalcanal. After that there were a few more islands that they took over.
3: The biggest battle that took part while Ned was there was that of Iwo Jima. That is where the famous picture of six Americans were hoisting the US flag up. Another battle was Okinawa where the first atomic bomb was released. That was the last of the war. When Ned eventually got home, he was not allowed to say anything about the code or what he was doing for the Marines. By: Evan
4: THEME The universal affirmation of man's ability to accomplish great feats by using a great deal of brain power and a tremendous amount of effort even in the face of great adversity. In the novel Code Talker, the author, Joseph Brunchac, wants us to understand that even though you are different than others, you can still do great things! By: Heikki and Connor
5: Example 1 (pg # 29) Some of Ned’s teachers admit that Ned is almost as good in school as a white boy. By: Connor and Heikki
6: THEME Example 2 (pg 99) Ned is able to cross a desert in Hawaii in two days in harsh conditions.
7: Example 3 Ned is able to survive through the jungles, and rain forests with danger of a Japanese attack.
8: CHARACTERIZATION ADVERSITIES or OBSTACLES Obstacle # 1 An obstacle that Ned Begay faced was prejudice people -as a Marine after the war, he wanted a simple Coca- Cola and he went in to a bar. They didn't serve Navajos' so they kicked him out. They had no idea what an important job he just did in the war. | Tanner W
9: Obstacle # 1 WHAT DID NED DO? Ned turned out to be the better man and decided to show the bartender respect even though when they kicked him out he could have beaten them up. | Tanner W
10: Obstacle # 2: Another obstacle that Ned faces was learning the English language. | Tanner W
11: What did he do? He had to toughen up and learn English in a short amount of time. | Tanner W
12: Lessons learned .... # 1: Ned learned that guns don't always solve problems when he met the prejudice bartender who wouldn't let him have a simple Coke. So he just walked away and was more mature. | Tanner W
13: # 2: In life you will eventually have to toughen up and Ned had to at a very young age. | Tanner W
14: How did your view of this cultural or ethnic group change as a result of reading this novel? I used to think that non-Americans, like the Navajo, were useless. Now after I read the book Code Talker, I believe that everyone is the same because The Navajos ended up being the difference in the war for the US. -Aiden I used to think that the Japanese could choose to join their army, now I know that they were forced into the army. -Evan I used to think that the Navajo were treated fairly compared to other people. Now I know that they were treated poorly. -Brian
15: I used to think that the Navajo would work in casinos. Now I believe that they are civilized like us.- Tanner I used to think that the Navajos were not as good as Americans. Now I believe that the Navajos are as good as Americans and maybe a bit, better. -Heikki I used to think that the Navajos had no to affect on American history. Now after reading Code Talker, I believe that they have a big impact on American history because they helped our country in WWII. -Connor
16: Additional Information In real life the Navajos were very religious, and so was Ned in the book. The Navajo were treated pretty poorly at first but eventually earned respect.
17: The Navajo Code Talkers were a very important part of the army during WWII. There were many other codes that failed before they decided to use the Navajo. These men created an unbreakable code from the ancient language of their own people, the Navajos. All of this information was a connection to the novel Code Talkers)
18: Bibliography | Bruchac, Joseph, Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two. New York: Dial 2005. Print. https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi "Naval History and Heritage Command." Naval History and Heritage Command Web. 29 Feb. 2012