Native American Basket Weaving Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Basket weaving's uniqueness intrigues many. Students will learn about Native American techniques in this lesson by reading about its history and methods, answering discussion questions, completing an activity, and taking a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the history and purpose of Native American basket weaving
  • Identify the type of materials used in basket weaving
  • Explain four techniques in the process


60 minutes; extension (optional) 30 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.5

Analyze in detail how a complex primary source is structured, including how key sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text contribute to the whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.



  • Begin the lesson asking students if they have ever woven anything.
  • Allow students to share their responses and experiences.
  • Then explain that they will explore Native American basket weaving today.
  • Distribute the Native American Basket Weaving: History & Techniques lesson, choose a volunteer to read 'Where it Began' and 'Materials' out loud, then start the following discussion:
    • Discuss the use and purposes of baskets
    • Identify the types of materials used in basket weaving
    • Outline the steps of basket weaving
  • Now choose another student to read 'Basket Weaving Techniques', then pair students and pose these discussion points:
    • What are the purposes of wefts and warps?
    • Explain the following techniques:
      • plaiting
      • wicker weaving
      • twining
      • coiling
  • Afterwards, allow pairs to share their responses.
  • Now ask each student to read the 'Lesson Summary' quietly and independently.
  • Then assign the lesson quiz; review their answers for accuracy.

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