This is a lesson that I used with my AIS and Special Education students to break down and pre-teach the end of Unit 2 assessment task. This is a supplemental lesson to assist students with the writing required in Module 1 Unit 2 End of Unit Assessment within the Engage NY curriculum.
It specifically uses the language that Engage NY uses in the 4th grade Common Core modules. Because this is a supplement, it could be used in your whole class, with Special Education students, or with your AIS reading groups...or a small group of struggling students.
You can use this to differentiate instruction by pre-teaching and re-teaching the information students will need to write their paragraph for the end of unit 2 assessment, but broken down into simpler terms. Show your administration that you can provide scaffolding within the Common Core modules. With this lesson, you are providing struggling students with some background information about modern times versus traditional life. You are also reviewing the themes of the book Eagle Song that were talked about in the Chalk Talks throughout Unit 2 in order to show students how they tie into the assessment question.
Students practice coming up with examples of how Danny in the book Eagle Song acts and thinks based on his traditional Iroquois values and beliefs. This is a task that requires a great deal of higher level thinking skills and some students will need to have it broken down in advance.
This goes along wonderfully with my other Engage NY ELA module 1 Unit 2 lessons I have listed in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!