This product is a four-page pdf file to correspond with the Native American legends “The Gift of the Great Spirit” and “Thunder Boy” as found in the book “Legends of the Iroquois”.
The printable handout requires to students to read the story, either independently or with a partner, then cite textual evidence to support text analysis. The activities correspond with the CCLS in reading.
The printable has the standards addressed and the page number both stories can be found on in the book “Legends of the Iroquois” or by conducting a Google search of the titles of each individual story.
After the students read the stories independently, or with a group, they are given three leveled questions for each story. Each question requires them to cite evidence from the story to answer the questions. A sentence stem is given for each question for the students to complete then, the students take this information and write it into a thorough short response paragraph. This helps students to practice and reinforce the necessary skill of citing textual evidence to respond to literature based questions.
I teach this story with a seventh grade ELA class, but could be done in upper elementary school or a Social Studies class as well. This activity could be expanded upon to peer conference and re-write. My students found this story entertaining and I thought the lesson’s objectives were met.
I have created a two-week unit which is aligned to the New York State Common Core Standards in English Language Arts. It is aligned in chronological order of the book and uses some additional resources as well. It can be found here.