Saving A Lost Language

By 2000 BC, Cherokee language and culture spread throughout the North Carolina mountains, and yet, it was almost lost to history. Now Western Carolina University researchers are working with the Eastern Band of Cherokee to study, preserve and grow the language once again.

NGSS Performance Expectation: None

NC Essential Science Standard (7th Grade Social Studies): Explain how cultural expressions influence modern society. 

Discussion Questions   

  1. How do words embody a culture?
  2. Look up the Cherokee words for the months of the year. What do those nouns tell you about the Cherokee worldview?
  3. Write a sentence using only nouns and adjectives.
  4. How does syntax shape a worldview?

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