RUE Episode 85: Ancient Ones

Welcome to Episode 85: Ancient Ones of Ramping Up your English. If you want to know more about the first Americans, you’re in the right place. If you want to improve your English Language skills, you’re also in the right place. We endeavor to help you do both with all episodes of Ramping Up your English.

Millions of objects were found at Poverty Point in Louisiana – the largest city made of earthen mounds during the Hopewell Exchange.

Watching Episode 85

I hope you enjoyed watching Episode 85 of Ramping Up your English on RVTV or another Public Access or Educational TV channel. If not, or if you’d like to see the episode about the Ancient Ones, you can watch and even download Episode 85 from the archive. Click here to watch Episode 85 in its entirety on

Watching in Segments

Episode 85 is almost 30. minutes long. If you want to enjoy the episode in smaller segments, you can choose the segment you want to watch by clicking the link to my You Tube account: Ramp Up your English.

Watch Segment One

Watch Segment 2 – With the Video Native Americans 3: Ancient Ones

Segment 3 – With book review of

Episode Summary

After referring to a segment of the previous episode (Episode 84), we segue to the second Chapter of Indian Tales by Jaime de Angulo, following the family of Bear, Antelope, Fox, and baby Quail from their home in the Pit River Watershed to the coastal area to visit Altelope’s family.

In the second segment, viewers see the third installment of the video series about Native Americans. The video reviews for the third time the arrival of the earliest of Americans across the Bering Land Bridge. Viewers see the subsequent events that take place on this newly populated continent – the construction and inhabiting of cities built on earthen mounds in the Mississippi delta in the current state of Louisiana. Those cities are named Watson Brake and Poverty Point by current researchers. They were built by hunter-gatherers before the Mississippian Culture. They were both major nets of trade that spanned the Eastern portion of North America – westward to the Great Plains.

The third segment shared a review of the story Little Firefly – a traditional story of Native Americans who live in the Great Lakes area. If you want to read the entire story, the book is entitled Little Firefly (Native American Legends). The ISBN-13 is 9780816723638. The ISBN-10 is 081672363X. Your local library may well have this book for checkout. If not, try a used book store or thrift store.

Language Objectives

While this episode lacks any direct instruction in language, it nonetheless contains language objectives in the form of Listening Comprehension. The chapter of Indian Tales follows the introduction and the first chapter in a previous episode. Likewise, the video Native Americans 3: Ancient Ones begins with content already seen on two previous videos. Hence, the language objectives are:

Retell the highlights of the story thus far from Indian Tales. List the main events in the population of America.

Academic Content Objectives

Trace the development of Early Americans from the Clovis Culture to the Folsom Culture. Compare and contrast the Clovis Point with the Folsom Point. Describe the climatic changes and their effects on the lives of early Americans. Describe ways that Native Americans adapted to major changes in their environment.

Name two cities built by Early Americans during the Hopewell Exchange. Describe the trade network that existed during the Hopewell Exchange. Locate on a map the areas where Watson Brake and Poverty Point are located.

Videos used in Episode 85

We began the episode with a short video, relating the second chapter of Jaime de Angulo’s Indian Tales. Here’s a link to that video on my You Tube channel. Click Here to see the video. The same video can be seen ad-free and downloaded on Click here to see the video.

Part three of our Native Americans series was presented in this episode. Part three is subtitled Ancient Ones. Click here to watch the video. For ad-free viewing on, Click here.

Next Episode

Episode 86 has now been produced and ready for viewing. Learn more about the Poverty Point Culture, petroglyphs, and using the Past Progressive verb tense. Click here to visit the Episode 86 page.