Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Dive into the remarkable narrative of "Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two" by Joseph Bruchac, which illuminates the critical role Navajo speakers played in securing Allied victory during World War II. Through the eyes of Ned Begay, the novel explores the challenges and triumphs of Navajo Marines, who, despite facing discrimination, utilized their unique linguistic heritage to develop an unbreakable code. This topic pack enables students to reconstruct pivotal moments of the story, while also engaging in deeper analysis of its themes, character developments, and the historical context that shaped these events. Exercises can extend to exploring the internal and external conflicts, character dynamics, mood, tone, and essential vocabulary. Use the keyword #Code Talker to access all resources in this pack in the Comic Maker, facilitating a comprehensive understanding of this significant piece of history.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Into Literature (6-12) — Into Literature, Grade 9, Unit 2.