Runs with Horses
1) This book could be taught in grades 6 - 9.
2) Connections could easily be made to the histories of Arizona, United
States or Native Americans.
3) When the YA reader identifies with the young warriors who have been
trained for a life that vanishes with Geronimo's decision to live on
the reservation, there is a connection between self and text in which
the YA reader is better able to understand adult constraints and abrupt
4) For the struggling reader, this book is interesting and should hold
the interest of the reader. Evaluation: It would be a quick and interesting
story that would fit well as a supplemental text.
Pair Runs with Horses with another coming of age novel (e.g.
Dawn Rider by Jan Hudson). Dawn Rider is a tale about
a sixteen-year-old Blackfoot girl during the 1750s. In addition to offering
a strong female protagonist, the author gives readers a peek into the
traditional life of the Blackfoot nation during the 18th century. Students
could use a variety of techniques (essay, short answer prompts, and
others) to compare/contrast the novels while increasing their understanding
of the differences and similarities between traditional Native American
It may also be interesting to consider pairing Runs with Horses
with a text that does not necessarily reflect the Native American community
and have students draw comparisons between the two.
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