by Joseph Bruchac
Lesson plans and teaching resources
Chester Nez, last of original Navajo code talkers of World War II, dies
This obituary includes background information and a video interview with Nez.
Listen to author Joseph Bruchac discuss the background to the book and then read an excerpt from it.
Decoding history: A World War II Navajo Code Talker in his own words
A Navajo Code Talker discusses his experience in World War II in conjunction with the release of his autobiography.
Native Words, Native Warriors
An extensive bibliography of resources related to codes and Code Talkers, including books, films, and websites.
In the Beginning — Navajo Code Talkers
A series of lessons on vocabulary, word analysis, sequence, and creating a code.
Model Teaching Unit for Middle School
In this unit plan students explore historical background and write in their journals as they read. 16 pages; Adobe Reader required.
Mission Possible: Decoding WWII Navajo Marine Code
In these lessons students locate countries on a world map and learn Navajo words to understand how the code worked. 10 pages; Adobe Reader required.