Cynthia Ann Parker

6, 7, 8

Students cite examples of respect/disrespect from the historical biography of Cynthia Ann Parker.

PrintOne 20-minute class period

The learner will:

  • read about and respond to the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker.
  • identify examples of respect/disrespect in the story.
  • student copies of the story of Cynthia Ann Parker (see Bibliography)
  • group copies of Handout One: Parker Discussion Questions


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Tell the students that they will read a story about a woman who wasborn in a white family and spent most of her life within a Native American community. The story is true, but some of the details have been lost or changed in the retelling. Some of the early retellings were altered in order to generate negative feelings about the Native American culture.

  2. Share the story of Cynthia Ann Parker (see Bibliography). The story may be printed and handed out, displayed from the website, or read aloud.

  3. Distribute the Parker Discussion Questions to groups of three to five students. Have them discuss and answer the questions in small groups.

  4. Discuss as a whole group how students feel about the respect Cynthia Ann Parker was shown in her life. How can prejudice cloud the judgment of people?

Cross Curriculum 

This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice.The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.5 Discuss examples of groups denied their rights in history.