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FC: Multicultural Novel Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac Jack V, Josh, David, Eli and Nathan

1: Summary of Code Talker In the novel, Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac, Kii Yazhi was sent aways to a white boarding school. The strange thing about this is, that Kii Yazhi is a Navajo Indian. This school is meant to turn little Navajo children, in to brave American citizens. They change everybody's name! he is known as Ned Begay. He passes into High School and is given the chance of a life. The Marines are looking for Navajo soldiers. He joins the Marines, and becomes a Navajo Code Talker. Ned Begay was a simple Navajo Indian. At his school, he was told not to speak any Navajo. He held on to his culture, though, and it paid of in the end. He joined the Marines in the middle of WWII. He moved from school to school, then base to base, and island to island. He traveled to the island of Guam. He spent a long time there, and saved many lives by transporting secret messages in Navajo. He also played a part in Iwo Jima, and the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. -Jack _ #2 Discuss (2) things he/she learn s along the way? #1 #2 PART 3 VIEW OF CULTURAL/ETHNIC GROUP 1.What did you learn from the novel about this cultural or ethnic group during this time period? (2 examples) #1 #2 1.How did your view of this cultural or ethic group change as a result of reading this novel (2 changes)? ( I used to think. Now after. I believe.because ) #1 #2

2: THEME The theme of this book is that you do not need to stop believing in what you think is right, and what you think will help you through life. No matter what you are told are put through you should still fight for what you think is right. In the novel Code Talker by:Joseph Bruchac the main character Ned Begay goes through this. Eli

3: #1 When he was sent away to boarding school he was be tout that he would get no where in his life as a Navajo, and so when ever they spoke the language they were beaten in different ways. Ned kept on fighting for his language, and spoke it when ever he could. Page #23-27 Eli

4: THEME #2 When Ned was going to be part of the marines, and was going to be a cold talker. expanding his language, and helping the war with his language that he believes in. Page #76-84 Eli

5: #3 When Ned won the war, and got to go home and celebrate the won war. When he then at the end he got to tell his family what he did in the war. Page #207-214 Eli

6: CHARACTERIZATION ADVERSITIES or OBSTACLES Obstacle # 1 Ned thought he would never get anywhere knowing the Navajo language or culture. Josh

7: Obstacle # 1 How he/she overcame obstacle? Ned used his language behind teachers backs. He did this countless , and he joined the army that led him to using his language in the war. Josh

8: Obstacle # 2 The teachers at the boarding school were being mean to Ned if they heard him speak one word of Navajo. Josh

9: How did he/she overcome obstacle? He uses his language to help the allies in the war to show how useful Navajo could be. Josh

10: Lessons Ned Begay learned along the way.... # 1 The first lesson that Ned learned in this novel is that nobody can take away anything from you that you know is yours to keep. David

11: # 2 The second lesson is that he could really do a lot of great things if he was given the chance. David

12: What We Learned About the Navajo (During the time period of WWII) #1. The first major thing we learned about the Navajo in this time period was the awful way they were treated. In school, they were beaten by the teachers when they spoke Navajo. They were yelled at for unnecessary reasons, and had to work harder than the whites. Nate

13: #2. During the time period of WWII we learned that the Navajo fought in the war as code talkers. a code talker is a Navajo soldier that fights, and uses Navajo words as codes to communicate.

14: VIEW OF CULTURAL/ETHNIC GROUP # 1 I learned that it was hard for people back then to learn different languages. If they speak a different language in boarding school than what they are learning, they will get severely punished sometimes and i didn't know that they would punish them that hard. David

15: I learned that the Navajos had a hard time with anything because people were hardly ever nice to them. They were told that you would never get anywhere in life as a Navajo, but they never gave up. They kept on pushing forward and never stop fighting. Eli

16: I used to think that the Navajos lived with us in peace, and they were happy. Some Navajos though, were unhappy. When we discovered America, they either had to move, or live by our laws.- Jack V. I used to think that Navajos were farmers who lived back in the 1800s. I now believe that they still live these days. -David

17: I used to think that the Navajo were just traders and hunters. I now believe that they had larger contributions to society like joining the U.S. marines to be Code Talkers in WWII like Ned.-Josh

18: Supplementary Information What did you learn from your research related to your novel?

19: Additional information (continued)

20: Bibliography

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