Teaching Unit for Primary Grades K-3
By Claribel and Henry Davis
Lessons 4, 5, 6, 7 (Depending on how much language development is carried out)
Children who are interested in learning some Tlingit words may have a special lesson devoted to learning to say the following words (p. 7, Specific Aims). For teachers who feel insecure in correct pronunciation of Tlingit, three methods are suggested:
1. Easy pattern drill using identity statements:
Teacher: Daa sawé? (What is that?)
Child: (________) awé. (That is a ________.)
Pattern: Daa sawé? (What is that?)
_________ awé. (That is a _________.)
Procedure: Teacher: Daa sawé? (What is that?)
(Teacher point to picture or object illustrating one of Tlingit nouns learned. Child responds first with name of article, then with complete statement as follows.)
aas Aas awé. That is a tree.
héen Héen awé. That is water.
eil' Eil' awé. That is salt water. (sea, ocean)
éek Éek awé. That is beach, tideland.
kéidladee Kéidladee awé. That is a seagull.
yaakw Yaakw awé. That is a large canoe.
kéet Kéet awé. That is a killerwhale.
shaltláax Shaltláax awé. That's a bare rock (island) above high tide.
káa Káa awé. That's a man.
eech Eech awé. That's a reef.
2. Vary drill by letting children take turns being the teacher. Praise correct responses by using Tlingit: Yak'éi. (That's good.)
Note: Objects which are identified should not be too far away from
either the teacher or the student when using "awe". Tlingits
use another form when identifying objects which are some distance away
or which they are holding or touching.