WA – Living In Washington: Celilo Falls

Lesson Plans – Elementary School

2 | Living in Washington: Its Geography, Resources, and the Economy

Living in Celilo

Washington State History Curriculum
OSPI Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum for the Social Studies

Historical Era

Time Immemorial to Treaties | 1856 – 20th Century  | 21st Century

Introduction to Storypath

About Storypath: Philosophy and Aims
Storypath is a constructivist simulation in which students create their own communities and stories based on a historical events. This storypath design relies on the imagination and creativity of the students and gives them an opportunity to blend their imagination with the historical record.
For example, one of the tasks is that students will build a model of Celilo Village. The goal is not to get the model exactly as Celilo Village was before the falls’ inundation. Rather, the goal is to have students become personally invested in the story they are about to tell, understand the significance of the village, and become emotionally involved in the telling
of their story. This is when the real learning begins.
Storypath’s goal is not to memorize names and dates; its intended focus is on concepts and emotions. Thus, this Storypath is designed to give students a deep understanding and empathy of what it might have been like to be a Northwest stakeholder during this tumultuous and heartbreaking
The unit contains the essential elements of all Storypaths—the creation of the frieze (showing the setting of the story), characters that the students
create for themselves, the building of a social context, and critical incidents. Critical incidents are introduced in this unit through videos, articles, and oral history.


Introduction to Storypath: Storypath-Celilo_intro

Episode 1: Creating the Setting: Storypath-Celilo_episode1

Episode 2: Creating the Characters: Storypath-Celilo_episode2

Episode 3: Building Context: Storypath-Celilo_episode3

Episode 4: Authorizing the Dam: Storypath-Celilo_episode4

Episode 5: Negotiations: Storypath-Celilo_episode5

Episode 6: Broken Promises: Storypath-Celilo_episode6

Episode 7: Inundation: Storypath-Celilo_episode7

Classroom-Based Assessment: Storypath-Celilo_CBA

Program Overview

This Storypath consists of seven episodes that explore the story of Celilo Falls. Depending on the reading and learning
levels of your students, each episode should take about a week. In Episodes 1–3, students create the setting, characters,
and context. Students then respond to and create stories surrounding the historical events that lead up to the
inundation of Celilo Falls. Finally, students reflect on the effects of the damming, not only for tribal people, but for
all stakeholders: commercial non-tribal fisheries, farmers, and non-tribal citizens. Students will bear witness to the
legacy of Celilo and its importance to tribal people, even 50 years after its death.


 YouTube Video of Celilo “See Through the Water

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