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Trey Hays

Trey Hays

Dramatizing the Chickasaw Language with the book, Little Loksi

Discipline: Drama/Theater

Grade Levels: Pre-K through 3rd Grade

Number of sequential sessions in lesson plan: 3

Curriculum Summary

Children will learn the basics of Chickasaw language using the animal names in the book Little Loksi. Children will draw and color and discuss the elements used in illustrating a book. Children will speak and move and dance like animals in order to experience the language and joy of literature.

Materials Needed:

  1. The book, Little Loksi, from Chickasaw/White Dog Press
  2. Little Loksi Coloring Book
  3. Anompa (Chickasaw Language) website-Audio Examples
  4. Pencils, crayons, markers, etc.

Optional Links

  1. Little Loksi Accelerated Reader The test is available as level 4.1 and a score of .5
  2. Song, Chickasaw Animals, arrangement by Trey Hays based on the song, Sleeping Bunnies
  3. Song, 3 Little Ducks, arrangement by Trey Hays
  4. Fit and Fun Camp Performs Little Loksi in masks provided by Oklahoma Arts Council Teaching Roster Artist Patrick Riley
  5. Little Turtle’s Predicament play written by Trey Hays and performed by Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute, 2016, Shakespeare and Autism Class ****Before the book was published by Chickasaw/White Dog Press****
  6. Little Miss Chickasaw (2019-2021) Kenzey Carter performing Little Loksi with miming
  7. Little Loksi Introduction by Trey Hays
  8. Little Loksi Shadow Puppetsshow with voiceovers from students in Mr. Hays’ Fine Arts Class
  9. Little Loksi Play Script written by Trey Hays
  10. Trey Hays Creative Arts Website
  11. Little Loksi Applique Beaded Bookmark making by Trey Hays


Oklahoma Academic Standards Addressed

DT.CR.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.     
DT.CR.2: Organize, develop, and rehearse artistic ideas and work.
DT.CR.3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.
DT.PR.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
DT.CN.2: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
DT.CN.3: Research and relate artistic ideas/works and societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Visual Art
VA.CP.1: Learn and use vocabulary and concepts related to visual arts
VA.CP.3: Make creative choices and practice individual expression in application of concepts, vocabulary, techniques, and skills.
VA.P.1: Utilize a variety of ideas and subject matter in creation of original works of visual art.
VA.P.2: Use different media, supplies, and tools in an appropriate and safe manner in the creation of
original visual artworks.
VA.CHP.1: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding
VA.ARCM.1: Perceive, analyze, interpret, and evaluate artistic work.

D.PR.3: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

M.CR.1: Generate musical ideas through reading, notating, and/or interpreting music.
M.PR.1: Present or demonstrate an existing work, formally or informally, with appropriate expressive and technical skills.
M.RE.1: Respond to music while demonstrating respect for others’ music preferences and music performances.

Curriculum Sessions